Paramount Group’s new Advanced Training and Support division will undertake a range of training and capacity building operations, including pilot training and dog-handling. (Paramount Group)
South Africa’s Paramount Group has revealed that it has taken a “strategic ownership stake” in Dubai-based defence services provider Burnham Global.
Established in April 2020 from part of the UK-based Risk Advisory’s Government Services unit, Burnham Global undertakes capacity-building training and mentoring for armed forces, with previous experience on European, UK, and US-funded projects in Lebanon, Jordan, and Uganda. These projects have included counter-terrorism and counter-IED training, staff officer training, and border security development.
As part of the acquisition, Paramount Group has launched a new division, Paramount Advanced Training and Support. Paramount Industrial Holdings CEO Alison Crooks said in a statement that the new division “will be in charge of group-wide skills development efforts. This will consolidate our existing training platforms, most notably our pilot and vehicle operator training, under one standalone business entity. The operator training ensures the effective utilisation of the platforms provided to sovereign end-users. This has become an essential part of solution provision”.
Paramount Group has previously acquired a range of aircraft to deliver pilot training from its base in South Africa, covering a curriculum from basic
skills to fast jet operations using a fleet of aircraft that includes the Alenia Aermacchi SF-260 basic trainer and Dassault Mirage F1 multirole combat jet.
Other training offerings by the company include aviation ground crew and maintenance technician education, as well as specialised dog-handling courses.