A group of ten Kuwaiti cadets has arrived at Défense Conseil International’s (DCI’s ) International Academic and Aeronautical Training Centre (CIF-AA) in Salon-de-Provence, France, to begin helicopter pilot training.
Inaugurated in July 2016, the CIFAA has been fully refurbished and updated to incorporate the latest digital teaching resources. The centre features ten ‘new generation’ classrooms with interactive whiteboards, four language labs and an engine simulator bench.
Training takes place in a military setting on the Salon-de-Provence air base, in full coordination with the French Air Force Academy. Following this initial phase, most of the cadets will from May be eligible to specialise as helicopter pilots at the International Helicopter Training Centre (CIF-H) in Dax.
This latest helicopter pilot training contract continues a relationship between DCI and Kuwait to build resources in helicopter, fighter and transport pilots. It follows training in these areas initiated in 2014 and 2015, during which 56 cadets were, or are being, trained.
DCI’s mission is to transfer French military know-how to the armed forces of nations friendly with France. As well as operating several international training centres in France, the company also has bases in Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE and Saudi Arabia among others.