The current service is provided by Cobham Aviation with its Dassault Falcon 20s and Fleet Air Arm-operated BAE Systems Hawk T1s flown by 736 NAS from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall and RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset. The unit’s Hawks will be retired in 2020.
A phased plan of introducing other capabilities will continue throughout the next decade, with the Royal Air Force’s 100 Sqn and its Hawk T1s to give up their current aggressor training role in 2027.
“We need to make sure it is replaced by a very open architecture [way of working], to simulate, network and integrate the training capabilities around us,” Murray says of the existing model.
The concept phase was co-run by DE&S and the Nightworx organisation for the initial industry engagement activity, when more than 10 companies showed interest. The scope of the current work on ASDOT has not been disclosed, but a competition will be launched during 2017, in order to meet the deadlines set by the armed services.
I’ve been trying to convince people this is a good idea for some time, but for some reason they look at me like I’m mad!