New RAF Grob trainer achieves Military Release to Service

The Grob 120TP, ‘The Prefect’, has achieved Military Release to Service and is a step closer to commencing its role as the next Elementary Flying Training aircraft for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), Affinity Flying Training Services has announced.

The Prefect is the first of a suite of new training aircraft due to enter service from 2017, which will support the Fixed Wing element of the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) programme. The aircraft will be based at RAF Cranwell and is one of a total of 18 aircraft that will be delivered under the programme this year.

Specifically designed for training ab-initio students, the Prefect boasts a G-range of +6/-4, and a top speed of 235kts. Equipped with a fully digital cockpit, it is EASA certfied for day, night and full IMC operations.

Affinity Flying Training Services:

Affinity was selected by Ascent Flight Training to provide and maintain the Fixed Wing aircraft selected for the UKMFTS programme. Affinity is a joint venture between USA’s KBR Inc. and Israel’s Elbit Systems.

Under the partnering programme between Ascent and the MoD, Affinity will supply and support three fleets of aircraft within the UKMFTS. The aircraft provided by Affinity also include Beechcraft T-6C (Basic flight training) and Embraer Phenom 100 (Multi-engine flight training).


The UKMFTS takes United Kingdom Armed Forces aircrew from initial training through Elementary, Basic and Advanced flying training phases preparing them for their arrival at their designated Operational Conversion Units. It is operated by Ascent Flight Training, a consortium of Lockheed Martin and Babcock International under a 25-year Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract for the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Apart from the overall contract, the main elements of the system include fixed-wing elementary, basic, multi-engine and fast-jet pilot training, rear crew training and rotary-wing (helicopter) training.

For more information on Affinity Flight Training Services please visit their website.

Source: Elbit Systems

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