PC-21s to Replace S211s for RSAF's Basic Wings Training
(Source: Singapore Ministry of Defence; issued Nov. 3, 2006)
Singapore will buy 19 Pilatus PC-21 basic training aircraft to replace its S-211s, as part of a turn-key pilot training contract won by Lockheed Martin. (Pilatus Aircraft photo)
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has awarded a service contract to Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training and Support (LMSTS) to support the RSAF's Basic Wings training course in Pearce, Australia with Pilatus PC-21 aircraft. The Basic Wings Course equips RSAF pilots with the knowledge and skills of basic flying before they progress to advanced aircraft training.

As part of the contract, LMSTS will supply and maintain a fleet of Pilatus PC-21 aircraft and a suite of ground-based training systems that meet the RSAF's requirements for its Basic Wings Course. This will allow the RSAF to focus on the core business of flying training.

The PC-21s will replace the Marchetti S-211, which has been the RSAF's basic trainer for 22 years. With modern avionics and a training suite to simulate air and ground targets for basic fighter training, the turboprop PC-21 aircraft will come with advanced technologies to enhance the basic training and proficiency of RSAF pilot trainees. (ends)

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd Wins Key Role in Singapore Air Force Basic Wings Course Contract
(Source: Pilatus Aircraft; issued Nov. 3, 2006)
Pilatus Aircraft Ltd will supply the PC-21 Advanced Turboprop Trainer Aircraft for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Basic Wings Course (BWC). Lockheed Martin was awarded a 20-year contract by the Singapore Ministry of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) to operate the RSAF BWC.

This was the first open competition in which the PC-21 has participated. Nineteen PC-21 Advanced Turboprop Trainer Aircraft and a 20-year engineering and logistics support service will be provided by Pilatus as part of a turn-key training package awarded to Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training and Support (LMSTS). The training will be conducted at the Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce, north of Perth in Western Australia.

The contract is for the provision of Pilot and Weapons System Operator ground-school, simulator hours and flying for a period of 20 years commencing June 2008. LMSTS is the Prime Contractor and has been working with Pilatus since 2004 to develop the winning solution. Hawker Pacific Pty Ltd. will provide aircraft maintenance services to Pilatus to enable Pilatus to generate the flying hour task.

Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman of Pilatus stated “This is one of the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) training systems in the world and is the result of pioneering innovation by the Singaporean Government, LMSTS, Pilatus and Hawker Pacific. We are delighted to have been selected after a rigorous analysis by the DSTA of 4 competing bids. We are also delighted to be one of the first in what will be, I am sure, a growing market for PPP training solutions. I wish to express my sincere appreciation to our customer, the RSAF, and my commitment to our partners, LMSTS and Hawker Pacific.”

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is the world market leader in the manufacture of single-engine turboprop aircraft and the only Swiss company to develop, produce and sell business aircraft and training systems all over the world. Our integrated logistics support organization currently serves 32 air forces, providing tailored support over the full life cycle of our product. (ends)
Lockheed Martin Selected by Republic of Singapore to Lead 20-Year Pilot Training Program
(Source: Lockheed Martin; issued Nov. 3, 2006)
ORLANDO, FL. --- Lockheed Martin was awarded a 20-year contract by the Singapore Defence Science and Technology Agency to support the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Basic Wings Course (BWC).

“BWC is unique in the world of military flight training,” said Dale Bennett, president of Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support (STS). “We are taking a systems integration approach to training and providing the RSAF with a true turnkey program – everything from courseware to cockpits – that will serve the Republic and its pilot trainees for the next 20 years.”

Lockheed Martin’s role as the BWC training systems integrator is to provide aircraft, maintenance, simulators, courseware and ground-based instructors to the RSAF’s 130 Squadron at Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce, north of Perth in Western Australia.

BWC allows the squadron to concentrate solely on high quality flight instruction. Switzerland-based Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. will deliver the advanced PC-21 turboprop trainer and logistics support, while Hawker Pacific Ltd. will provide maintenance support.

“Our focus in BWC is to apply the latest training technologies to equip student pilots with the skills that are required to transition to next generation aircraft,” explained Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin vice president of Flight Solutions. “The RSAF has put a lot of trust in our capabilities and we are honored to be their partner. Working closely with the RSAF, we will create a fully integrated flying training solution.”

The contract calls for a two-phased approach for BWC – a mobilization phase and a service provision phase. In the mobilization phase, Lockheed Martin will manage the aircraft production and training system components development, and establish a BWC maintenance organization. Aircraft will be delivered in early 2008 and Lockheed Martin will begin the service provision in the summer of 2008, providing BWC support for 20 years.

Lockheed Martin has a rich history of pilot, aircrew and maintenance training. The company manages programs for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command; provides training for C-130, F-15, F-16, and F-22 crews; and is developing the pilot and maintenance training programs for the F-35 Lightning II.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2005 sales of $37.2 billion.


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