LONDON — The company tasked with training British military aircrews out to 2033 has begun acquiring the simulators and other devices required to support a new fleet of fixed-wing aircraft ordered in February.

Canadian training devices supplier CAE said April 6 it had been selected by Lockheed Martin to provide synthetic training equipment to support multi-engine pilot training scheduled to take place on the Embraer Phenom jet.

A full-flight simulator, flight training device and part-task trainers are included in the deal for which no value has been given.

The devices will be delivered next year to the RAF base at Cranwell, southern England.

Five modified Phenom business jets are being purchased as part of a wider deal to renew British fixed-wing air training capabilities under the Lockheed Martin-led UK Military Flying Training System (MFTS) contract.

In February, Lockheed Martin awarded Affinity, the KBR/Elbit Systems joint venture, with a deal worth around £500 million (US $706 million) to supply and maintain the Phenom, along with 10 Beechcraft T-6C Texan IIs and 23 Grob G120TP Prefects.

Lockheed Martin itself is supplying the main synthetic training devices for the T-6, according to industry executives.

British-owned BAE Hawk jets provide advanced training in the MFTS program.

MFTS is a private finance initiative contract awarded to the Lockheed Martin/Babcock joint venture known as Ascent.

The multibillion pound deal will see Ascent train pilots and crews for all the British armed services up to 2033.

Andrew Chuter is the United Kingdom correspondent for Defense News.

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