British Aerospace has confirmed that its Hawk jet trainer will take part in a Nato flying training scheme worth several hundred million pounds, which will be run by the Canadian government and a Canadian-led industry team.
The Nato Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) scheme is a jet pilot training programme for Nato air forces that is intended to take students from primary to graduate pilot status. The scheme starts in 2000. BAe could provide NFTC with up to 25 Hawk 100 aircraft, which would be built at BAe’s factories at Brough in East Yorkshire and Warton in Lancashire. The final number and cost will depend on negotiations that will now be formally initiated, the company said.