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Hugh Griffiths is Chief Executive and one of the founders of Inzpire, a UK company providing mission systems and managed services – including COTS hardware such as the GECO advanced tablet systems, and a huge range of training and analytics solutions for the likes of aviation, intelligence and counter terrorism. He talked with Defence IQ about the company’s rise and why he believes the industry needs an attitude change when it comes to engaging in business with military end-users…

Read this article to learn how commercial start-ups are impacting the military flight training market.

Polish Air Force prepares to take delivery of M-346 trainer

November will see the Polish Air Force take delivery of the first of eight M-346 Master lead-in fighter trainer aircraft from Leonardo-Finmeccanica, marking what is set to be one of the early landmarks in a run of new military flight training investment within Central and Eastern Europe. Electromagnetic testing has taken place within an anechoic chamber and a phase of experimental and certification flights is beginning. A second Polish M-346 is scheduled to fly by the end of September to test the jet’s braking parachute among other capabilities. 

The M-346 has already been adopted in Israel and Italy, and feedback from these nations is proving valuable. In this feature article, Defence IQ explores these recent experiences and why this development in Poland is ushering in a new wave of regional investment into the flight training market.

Read this article for insight into trainer investment and interoperability with supporting assets.

Changing the Training Paradigm to Maximize Readiness

Colonel Bradley M. “Critter” Crites is commander of the Air  Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation (AFAMS), which is the lead agent for centralized management of Air Force cross- functional and shared live, virtual and constructive operational  training (LVC-OT) foundational capabilities and resources supporting the Air Force service core functions. As commander, Crites is responsible for overseeing Air Force initiatives for enterprise solutions that will help build an efficient foundation to achieve “Readiness Thru LVC,” and allow warfighters to maximise performance and decision-making.

LVC will be a key theme at the Military Flight Training 2017 event. Read this interview to get a senior U.S. perspective on approaching LVC training...

Military Flight Training: Global Market Overview

Ahead of this year’s Military Flight Training conference taking place on 26-28 March, Defence IQ surveyed experts to better understand what the market needs to maintain high readiness to combat threats on the full spectrum of operations.

Download this complimentary global market overview to learn more about:

  • Current pilot shortage and training requirements
  • The advantages and challenges of outsourcing training
  • The current industry offering

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Military Flight Training 2020 Market Report

In this increasingly digitised, information-dominated and contested operating environment, Air Forces are investing into the modernization of their assets and the procurement of future combat air systems. They however cannot sustain high readiness if they don’t have sufficient numbers of trainers or pilots to operate their advanced fleets of aircraft, and platform modernization and training are not developing along a parallel trajectory. This results in decreasing manpower and pilot shortage across the globe.

Ahead of Military Flight Training 2020, Defence iQ compiled the annual update of its report outlining key requirements and ongoing programmes in pilot training from Air Forces around the world. 

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Key benefits of downloading the report:

  • Know top acquisition priorities from countries that will be present at Military Flight Training 
  • Develop business strategies by meeting the right people from countries having active programmes and key requirements at Military Flight Training 
  • Gain insights into investment trends from your peers

This report offers insights into the activity of nations that will be present at Military Flight Training, such as:

  • Argentina – purchase of three more IA-63 Pampa III Block 1 aircraft under a deal worth US$21 million
  • Bangladesh – plans to acquire multi-role combat fighters and Apache attack helicopters from the U.S. through Forces Goal 2030
  • Belgium – investment of EUR275 million for the renovation of its infrastructure to accommodate the 34 F-35 recently acquired
  • Canada – plans to combat pilot training under the Future Aircrew Training which would include under one wing courseware, training devices, maintenance instructors and facilities management
  • Czech Republic – delivery of three new L-159T2 light attack/trainer aircraft to provide a more adapted trainer for the Air Force’s fleet of Gripen C/D fighters
  • France – start of pilot training through the Air Force’s fleet of Pilatus PC-21 advanced turboprop trainers acquired through the FOMEDEC availability contract
  • Germany – upgrade of the Air Force’s Tornado simulators and integration into the Eurofighter Typhoon environment to allow for a networked joint training 
  • Israel – recent hosting and participation in the international Blue Flag training exercise
  • Italy – collaboration between the Air Force and Leonardo on the International Flight Training School
  • Malaysia – plans to launch a procurement effort in early 2020 for a light combat aircraft/fighter lead-in trainer
  • Poland – procurement of 32 F-35A Lightning II from the U.S. under a US$6.5 billion deal
  • Portugal – possibility of the option of contracting advanced jet training to an external provider that would procure Leonardo M-346s for it
  • Spain – acquisition of 24 Pilatus PC-21 to replace its ageing fleet of CASA C-101 jet trainers in a deal worth EUR204.74 million
  • Sweden – support from the defence commission for an early acquisition of a new trainer for basic pilot instruction to be available in the period from 2021-25
  • United Kingdom – plans to invest £46 billion over the next ten years into purchasing and supporting front-line aircraft for the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and the British Army to help meet its pilot training requirements
  • The U.S. – US$9.2 billion contract award to Boeing-Saab partnership to produce the USAF’s next-generation jet trainer and planned investment from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps

To learn more about who you will be able to meet at Military Flight Training 2020, you can download the agenda here


Global Military Flight Training Market Report 2018/2019

The global military flight training market is in full swing on both the rotary-wing and fixed-wing trainer aircraft. New technologies that allow for simulation training are enhancing training capabilities, as countries all around the world are now investing in flight simulation centres and LVC solutions.

Ahead of Military Flight Training 2019, download this complimentary global market report to learn more about:

  • Belgium’s EUR4.11 billion deal with Lockheed Martin
  • Poland’s contract with Leonardo for the Advanced Trainer Jet system
  • Australia’s AIR 5428 Pilot Training System
  • The US Air Force’s T-X programme

Interested in joining the discussion? Take a look at our content blog here to share your opinions on the market report and these insights into the global market.

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Military Flight Training 2019 post event report

The Military Flight Training conference gathered in March over 200 military and industry attendees from over 40 nations to discuss key pilot training challenges. Chaired by Major General Thomas H. Deale, Former Vice Director for Joint Force Development, US Joint Staff, the three-day programme included presentations on all aspects of pilot training, including basic, advanced, LVC and simulation training.

This post event report delves into the highlights of Military Flight Training 2019.

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Download this post event report to access:

  • An event summary of the 2019 conference
  • A breakdown of attendees by country and job title
  • The 2019 speaker faculty
  • An exclusive interview with the 2019 Chairman 
  • The summaries from the following presentations:
    • The changing face of flying training from Air Vice Marshal Warren James, Air Officer Commanding 22 Group and Air Commodore J H Hunter, Director Flying Training No 22 Group, Royal Air Force
    • Training combat air forces in support of US security objectives – Major General Kevin A. Huyck, Director of Operations, US Air Combat Command
    • Shaping the human contribution to achieve operational advantage – Major General Alain Pelletier, Chief Fighter Capability, Royal Canadian Air Force
  • An overview of 2019 conference sponsors

Read an exclusive preview of the 2019 event summary below:

Drawing together over 200 attendees from 85 different organisations across Europe, the Americas, Middle East and parts of Asia, the event presented a unique forum for the exchange of knowledge in military flight training. With a dedicated 9 hours of networking opportunities and 47 individual briefings, it was a platform that enabled fruitful discussions and strengthened dialogue between allies, partners and industry. […] MFT 2019 facilitated long-standing partnerships, multinational cooperation and industry engagement. This high level of attendance unveiled common challenges and underpinned the importance of high readiness for the full spectrum of operations in the air and space domain. 



Global market report 2017-2018

Every year, Defence IQ provides the fixed-wing and rotary-wing community with a comprehensive report on the current key programmes and requirements of trainer aircraft as well as current global holdings.

In this exclusive report, discover what countries such as the UK, the US, Nigeria, France, Poland, Israel, Pakistan, all present at the Military Flight Training 2018 conference and many more.

Implementing integrated LVC flight training: Challenges and opportunities

This exclusive panel discussion facilitated by Air Marshal (Ret) Sir Christopher Harper will address some of the challenges of LVC flight training including:

  • LVC in mixed inventories of new and legacy platforms
  • Linking synthetic mission training systems and networking simulators to enable multi-entry and multi-location training exercises
  • Developing common interfaces between simulators and trainers
  • Improving spatial awareness of synthetic training 

Integrated and interoperable synthetic training: Advantages, opportunities, challenges

Synthetic training has an enormous potential in military flight training, enabling allied and partner nations to train together as a coalition at low cost in complex and constructed scenarios. The virtual environment could help create international teams prior to an operation, improving their interoperability and increasing their efficiency.

Ahead of the Military Flight Training 2018, we discussed with LtGen (ret.) Anthony J. Rock, former Inspector General of the U.S. Air Force and Chairman for MFT 2018, about high-fidelity simulation and whether it truly represents an opportunity to leap ahead in military flight training.