LONDON – A Capita-led industrial consortium is training the Royal Navy under a contract awarded by the Department of Defense earlier this month.
The British company announced via Linked-In that a consortium it leads alongside Raytheon UK, Elbit Systems UK and Fujitsu has signed a comprehensive training contract for the Navy in a 12-year contract worth up to £ 2 billion or Completed $ 2.7 billion.
Capita said his stake in the deal would be valued at more than £ 1 billion ($ 1.3 billion) over the course of the program known as Project Selborne.
The announcement met with some criticism as Capita has come under fire in recent years for his poor performance in the British Army recruiting service.
However, recruitment numbers have improved significantly recently, and Capita recently announced that it has received a two-year contract extension with the Department of Defense.
The Capita-led consortium called Fisher Taining was one of three candidates selected by the Department of Defense for the final stages of the Selborne competition.
Babcock, who is already doing some training with the Royal Navy, and Lockheed Martin UK were the competing bidders.
However, a spokesman for Lockheed Martin UK said the company withdrew from the tender in March, citing “commercial parameters and the state of the information available at the time” as the reason for closing the tender.
The contract, which is expected to be signed in the next few weeks, aims to modernize and streamline the onshore training currently being held at 16 different locations across the UK.
The contract includes the training of the Royal Navy and Royal Navy personnel.
The new system will combine legacy contractor-provided contracts and in-house services into a single agreement that will provide all levels of marine personnel training.
In a statement, Capita said the modernization efforts would be transformative, combining sophisticated technologies, processes and training management systems to meet the contract.
The company said its work would include reviewing and upgrading all training courses, as well as delivering live on-site training and using new methodologies, including digital learning and training simulation technologies.
The Selborne project wasn’t the only UK training contract announced late last week.
Qinetiq also reported that it has signed a contract with the U.S. Air Force in Europe to use MoD facilities the company manages for F-15E and F-35 training.
The five-year contract is worth up to US $ 27 million for the British company.
The contract is used by the 48th fighter wing of RAF Lakenheath, the 31st fighter wing of Aviano Air Base in Italy and the 52nd fighter wing of Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany.
In a statement, Qinetiq said the program would “open the door to the UK’s first release of new weapons. It will include air-to-ground weapon launches and air-to-air combat that follow various training doctrines against a variety of challenging and realistic surface and air targets. “