Company Profile

Company Overview

Vision: Delivering a world class Military Flying Training System

Ascent’s sole purpose is to provide the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) for the UK’s Armed Forces. We provide this through a unique partnering arrangement with UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). Ascent is a 50/50 joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Babcock International and provides everything from training needs analysis, training design and curriculum development, through procurement of aircraft, flight simulators, ICT and infrastructure. UKMFTS involves the complete re-design of the Military training system and incremental acquisition of new assets and services worth over £3Bn.

Product and Services

Ascent provides everything from training needs analysis, training design and curriculum development, through procurement of aircraft, flight simulators, ICT and infrastructure. However Ascent's core product is the delivery of aircrew training to the UK's Armed Forces.

Since 2008, Ascent continues to demonstrate its ability to innovate and adapt to change. The UK now sets the global standard for delivery of military flying training. Air forces from around the world frequently visit to learn from our experience. Innovations include:
• The design and integration of a new holistic training system which optimises the live-synthetic balance of training delivery. This allows flying hours to be reserved for more advanced training tasks whilst providing the technology to enhance training of emergency scenarios that would be dangerous to practice in the air.
• The use of modern, efficient and reliable new aircraft, contracted in a unique way to provide cost effective aircraft hours that provide value for money to the tax payer.
• Modern and interactive courseware with completely revised syllabi across multiple flying disciplines for both aircrew and rear-crew.
Once the whole training service is up and running in 2019, Ascent will deliver training to over 300 ab-initio students involving over 35,000 flying events per annum. Over 8,000 separate lessons will be delivered.