12 Countries Sign On For Eurotraining Feasibility (Dec. 3)
On 2 December 2002, Aermacchi of Italy acting for a consortium of five leading European aerospace companies (Aermacchi, Dassault Aviation of France, EADS-CASA of Spain, EADS-Deutschland and Saab of Sweden) signed a contract for the Eurotraining Feasibility Study with the Italian DGAA (General Directorate for Aeronautical Armaments) acting on behalf the air forces of twelve European countries: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The Italian DGAA is the appointed Executive Agency on the military side as agreed in a MoU signed by the twelve participating nations.
The objective of the feasibility study is to define possible solutions and their life cycle costs for an integrated Advanced European Jet Pilot Training (AEJPT) system, Eurotraining, to be introduced around 2010. The study will cover all aspects of advanced jet pilot training including a new trainer aircraft, ground based systems, syllabi, infrastructure and siting, and will also address the implementation.
The study will be carried out by a joint industry team consisting of members from the consortium companies with support from a large number of other European aerospace firms. The study is scheduled to last one year to be followed by a definition phase.
The contract signature was preceded by an industrial launch meeting held in Dassault Aviation, Paris, on 27 and 28 November. More than 60 experts from the many cooperating companies were gathered to mark the official starting of a project which features the ambitious vision of a major step forward in the flying training of future fighter pilots in Europe while also strengthening European co-operation in defense and industry.
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