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Raytheon gets Afghan Air Force pilot training contract

Afghan Air Force Cessna 208 tail sections
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The US Army Contracting Command has awarded Raytheon Technologies a three-year contract valued up to $145 million to deliver its services for the training of Afghanistan Air Force pilots.

Raytheon Intelligence & Space will conduct initial flight training for the US Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation. The Afghanistan Air Force students will go through flight school in third-party nations in Europe and the Middle East. Raytheon will provide tailored training for the Afghanistan Air Force pilots, including classroom, fixed-wing and rotary aircraft instruction.

“Raytheon training experts help the Afghanistan Air Force develop a pipeline of skilled flyers and officers,” said Bob Williams, vice president of global training solutions at Raytheon Intelligence & Space. “Our program uses the latest training techniques, and a focus on individual mentorship to produce well-rounded officers that will help create a secure future for Afghanistan.”

The Raytheon Afghanistan Air Force pilot training program began in 2010. The original mission for basic flight proficiency has expanded to advanced aircraft qualifications and flight techniques.

The training program was awarded under the Enterprise Training Services Contract vehicle. The company previously announced a related task order for the Aviation Maintenance Training program.