QinetiQ has extended its strategic agreement with Försvarets Materielverk (FMV), the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, to manage and assist in the training delivery for its national Flight Physiological Centre (FPC) in Linköping Sweden.
The primary purpose of the FPC is the provision of Flight Physiological training to the Swedish Air Force. Since 2010, QinetiQ has been utilising its expertise in the area of Aircrew Systems (including Air Human Factors, Acceleration and High G protection) and Service Delivery to manage the in-country facilities – ensuring safe operation, value for money and availability for use for the Swedish Armed Forces.
The new agreement extends the existing partnership and maintains the long-term relationship between QinetiQ and FMV. In addition to the management of the facility, QinetiQ will continue to market the training offered to third-party customers – to date, members of the Finnish Air Force, South African Air Force (SAAF), the UK’s Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), as well as others from Europe, North America and Asia have received specialist training at the facility.
The five-year contract extension is a further demonstration of QinetiQ’s commitment to FMV, and Sweden, and will ensure the facility continues to deliver joint high-caliber training until 2025.
Gaz Borland, Managing Director of QinetiQ’s Air Business said: “Working in partnership since 2010, QinetiQ and FMV have continually delivered world class specialist training to International Air Forces in the fields of aviation medicine, training, research and test & evaluation. I am delighted that we can continue to work with FMV, utilising our technical expertise, industry knowledge and experience in managed services to maintain and deliver training in this excellent facility.”
Brigadier General Mats Helgesson, Director, FMV Test & Evaluation said: “The long-term partnership with QinetiQ is good for us in many ways. We develop our facilities and share knowledge and experience in a mutually beneficial way. I am really happy to sign this agreement and look forward to continuing our cooperation.”
The Flight Physiological Centre is part of the aviation training, testing and research establishment located at Malmen, southern Sweden. The self-contained facility comprises: a Dynamic Flight Simulator (DFS), a combined human centrifuge and flight simulator which creates the G-force effect imposed by high performance aircraft; a hypobaric decompression chamber; a normobaric classroom, a hyperbaric high-pressure ‘diving’ chamber; and a purpose-built test and survival pool, which can recreate adverse weather conditions.
The facilities are used for air crew training, medical treatment, equipment tests and human physiology research.
More information is available at the following links:
The Flight Physiological Centre, Sweden
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