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Nov-2009 Ground breaking milestone for FSTA synthetic training requirement

Date:  23-Nov-2009
Author:  News Editor
Source:  Press Release Thales
The ceremony marked the achievement of another successful milestone in progress towards
the delivery of AirTanker operational capability. 

The FSTA programme will replace the RAF’s current
 fleet of VC-10s and TriStars with 14 Airbus A330-200 aircraft,
the first of which will be delivered in 2011.
These new aircraft will be owned, supported and operated by
AirTanker. AirTanker will also provide all support services,
including construction of a state-of-the-art two-bay hangar,
training, maintenance, flight operations, fleet management
and ground services to enable worldwide air-to-air refuelling
and air transport missions.

The new facility when complete will house classrooms and the
latest training technology, including a full flight simulator.
AirTanker will use the facility for the training service to train aircrew plus ground engineering and support
personnel in every aspect of the aircraft operation.

Group Captain JN Ager MA RAF, Station Commander at RAF Brize Norton, officiated by making
the first dig on the brownfield site adjacent to the new AirTanker hangar and the Carterton/Brize Norton village road.

He was accompanied by personnel from the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Equipment
& Support FSTA Team, RAF Brize Norton and AirTanker Services as well as Thales UK, who is
responsible for the construction and delivery of the FSTA training service from the new facility.
Construction will be undertaken on behalf of Thales UK by Kier Moss Regional and is due to
be complete by the end of 2011.

AirTanker is a UK company created to provide the FSTA service to the UK MoD, under a 27-year
private finance initiative contract with an estimated value of £10bn. AirTanker has five shareholders:
Cobham, EADS, Rolls-Royce, Thales UK and VT Group plc.

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