British defence company BAE Systems has been awarded contracts worth more than £220m to deliver advanced training for pilots to fly the Typhoon fighter jet.
The 'synthetic' training by simulators will help reduce the carbon footprint associated with live training.
The contracts will also support about 120 jobs in the delivery of new infrastructure at RAF bases, with a further 60 engineering jobs at BAE Systems.
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There will also be more with a number of specialist UK companies throughout the supply chain.
Under the Typhoon Future Synthetic Training contracts, BAE Systems will help deliver 10 high fidelity simulators, together with highly secure state-of-the-art training facilities at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and RAF Lossiemouth in Moray.
Richard Hamilton, of BAE Systems' air sector, said: "We pride ourselves in delivering world-class training capability as we understand how critical it is to deliver the highest quality skills and capabilities to the frontline.
"This contract builds on existing work to deliver synthetic training to the RAF's Typhoon Force, which will eventually enable pilots from different locations to fly virtual missions together and provide the ability to 'plug into' other assets across air, land and sea.
"The investment will deliver a number of valuable operational benefits for the RAF, alongside the positive impact that the increased use of synthetic training will make to reduce carbon emissions.
"With 9.6 tonnes of carbon saved by every synthetic flight, it will help reduce the current carbon footprint of live training, supporting the net-zero ambitions held by our customers and ourselves."
Cover image: Inside the multimillion-pound training facility for Typhoon pilots (Picture: BAE Systems/MOD).