Elbit Systems and Babcock International Group announced today (Tuesday) that the two companies are entering a partnering agreement to pursue the UK MOD’s next generation of "aggressor air" capability under the Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) program. The two companies will establish a Specific Program Company (SPC) in order to propose a successful and effective delivery to the customer.
"ASDOT is a long-term service delivery project, requiring broad and well-established aviation capabilities, delivery to multiple UK MOD users and the ability to manage the customer’s most sensitive information," said Martin Fausset, CEO of Elbit Systems UK. "Babcock is the leader in through-life engineering and training, trusted to deliver by its customers and together we will provide a step change from what is available in the operational training market today. This will enable the UK’s Armed Forces to train against representative live airborne threats with innovation and flexibility, responding to the changing environment and changing defense requirements."
Roger Hardy, Chief Executive of Babcock’s Aviation Sector, said: "With an ever dynamic threat environment and the introduction of new MOD capabilities, there is a clear need for a step-change in operational training capability. Our customers need industry partners who can adapt to a changing world by integrating technological advances which maximize synthetic training on live aircraft. Elbit Systems, with its leadership position in providing technologies that deliver representative training effects at reduced costs, is the perfect partner for us."
The two companies already work together in the operational training and assurance domain, delivering advanced flight training capabilities as part of the UKMFTS program.