Boeing Signs New STS Contract for C-17 Training at Farnborough, England

(30 May 2021)
Boeing has signed a new Synthetic Training Service
(STS) contract that will see the aircraft manufacturer continue
training Royal Air Force (RAF) C-17 aircrew and engineers at the
C-17 International Training Centre (ITC) in Farnborough, England through
2040.

“Ensuring we have a modernized Armed Forces
capable of tackling future threats begins with access to
world-class training for all of our personnel,” said UK Minister for
Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin, MP. “This £247 million ($348
million) investment will allow our air crews to operate this
aircraft to its highest capability and maintain critical defence
outputs and will extend our use of modern synthetic training
techniques.”

The training program will apply a combination of
digitally based training, advanced aircraft simulation and desktop
training devices to advance the expertise of pilots, loadmasters
and engineers who operate and maintain the C-17.


The STS contract
also includes development of two new engineering training devices
that employ the latest technology for practical maintenance
training on a C-17 wing engine and the main landing gear assembly.

“The RAF’s C-17 is one of many defense platforms
that Boeing provides standard, advanced and digital training
systems for, helping to ensure the safety and readiness of the UK
armed forces,” said Anna Keeling, managing director of Boeing
Defence UK. “We are proud to continue our long-term support for
the RAF’s fleet of eight C-17s, delivered by highly skilled Boeing
UK employees in partnership with our UK-based suppliers to enhance
aircrew and engineering training and proficiency, while providing
flexibility for the UK’s strategic airlift capability for decades
to come.”

Since 2014, Boeing has provided aircrew and
engineering training support for the RAF’s C-17 Globemaster III
fleet, which first arrived in the UK in 2001.

The C-17 can carry
equipment, supplies and troops directly to airfields in harsh
terrain anywhere in the world, day or night, as well as supporting
humanitarian operations.

The RAF is one of nine global
operators of the C-17.

“We’re proud to work closely with the RAF to
deliver the best learning experience for their pilots, aircrew and
maintainers,” said Tonya Noble, senior director of Boeing
Government Training. “We continue to innovate and develop our
training solutions on proven platforms like the C-17 to meet
evolving customer requirements and to capitalize on the
significant benefits and efficiencies of digital technologies.”

The ITC is home to a C-17 full flight training
simulator, a fixed-base maintenance procedure trainer and a
loadmaster station. Those devices, related courseware and support
equipment, along with a group of 20 Boeing instructors and support
staff, provide instruction on in-flight and ground operations
checks, emergency procedures and C-17 avionic and mechanical
systems. Along with the RAF, C-17 operators from defense forces
around the world engage in training sessions with the Boeing team
in Farnborough.

Boeing has a UK workforce of 2,500 direct
employees across the UK and spends £2 billion a year in the
UK supply chain.

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