January 23, 2022

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Britain to lease aircraft to deliver Military Parachute Training

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, Britain to lease aircraft to deliver Military Parachute Training, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH
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, Britain to lease aircraft to deliver Military Parachute Training, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

According to a contract tendering notice, the Ministry of Defence is looking to lease UK based light aircraft for the delivery of Military Parachute Training.

The value of the contract is £4,200,000 and is for a minimum of two aircraft to deliver 430 flight hours of Military Parachute Training.

The notice reads as follows:

“Provision of a 2 year contract from 1 Aug 2022 until the 31st of July 2024 for suitable contracted aircraft and mobile Fire and Crash Cover support services to enable Air Command 2 Group to deliver Military Parachute Training.”

The requirements as set out are as follows:

“Via a single contract from 1 Aug 2022, light aircraft (ac) and associated support enablers to deliver Military Parachute Training (MPT).

Light ac capable of meeting extant Release-to-Service (RTS) requirements for the despatch of military Static Line (SL) deployed and Freefall (FF) manually deployed parachutes, detailed in the Compendium of Airborne Equipment Release Certificates (CAERC) and confirmed by Trials & Evaluation (T&E) undertaken by the Joint Aerial Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit Parachute Test Team (JADTEU PTT).

Sufficient flying hours (FHs) to enable light ac provision fit-to-meet demand from 1 Aug 2022. Sufficient Fire and Crash Cover (FCC) hours to compensate for the absence of embedded FCC fit-to-meet demand from 1 Aug 2022. A minimum number of ac (2) to deliver MPT adapting interoperability from a single ac type.”

The contract duration will be 1 core year plus a one-year option.

What are the requirements for the aircraft you ask? Good question.

According to the specification, aircraft are to be fitted with:
  • Parachute jump lights (switchable between red / green and vice versa) to enable jump command. The ability to cover 75% of these lights is also required.
  • An Altimeter.
  • Cable Shears.
  • A bulkhead black out curtain.
  • Red filters on internal lights.
  • Fixed bench seating.

A full communication suite enabling ground-to-air and internal pilot / despatcher communication as follows:

o      Twin VHF radio
o      VOR / DME
o      Transponder (including Mode S as and when required by EASA).

  • TCAS in accordance with MAA regulations.
  • GPS.
  • Camera mounts to enable the fitting of cameras for digital recording of parachute exits from the ac.
  • SL anchor cable and a second anchor cable to secure parachute despatchers depending on Ac type.
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