The Bundeswehr is outsourcing helicopter training to a private company to keep pilots qualified. The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik, und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support, announced at the end of December that it awarded a contract to ADAC Luftfahrt Technik GmbH (ALT) to provide 6,500 helicopter flying hours.
ALT will provide four brand new Airbus H135 T3 helicopters, with a fifth in reserve, leased from two aviation leasing companies to the German Army's international helicopter flying centre in Bückeburg, starting with two in March and all four in April. The company will be responsible for keeping the helicopters in flying condition, maintenance, and logistics, with a 99% availability rate.
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