BAE Systems has successfully phased in the new Interim Basic Flying Training Contract for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
The first independent IBFT pilot training course began in January 2012 and students are expected to graduate in mid-2012.
BAE Systems' program manager at Flight Training Tamworth, Pierre Steyn, said achieving the January start date was a significant milestone.
"We faced a number of technical challenges preparing for the January start date while delivering on the legacy Basic Flying Training and Flight Screening contract," he said.
"Among the many challenges were the design, testing and production of an enhanced crash protection system for the CT-4B trainer aircraft, obtaining CASA-approved certification for these modifications and developing an improved student flight training program.
"We look forward to delivering our IBFT performance based contract to the set standard, on budget and to schedule, in a safe, modern and dynamic flying training environment."
BAE Systems was awarded a six-year performance-based contract, with a further six one-year extension options, for the provision of Interim Basic Flying Training services to the ADF in May 2011.
The total value of the contract is A$86.6million.
Interim Basic Flying Training is an essential stepping stone for the future capability of Australia's air power.
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