The RAF has acknowledged 'challenges with the training pipeline' of new pilots (picture: MOD).
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RAF acknowledges 'challenges with training pipeline' as F-35 and Typhoon backlog revealed

A spokesperson said the service has "sufficient aircrew to meet our operational commitments."

The RAF has acknowledged 'challenges with the training pipeline' of new pilots (picture: MOD).

The Royal Air Force says there are challenges with the "training pipeline" that qualifies new pilots to operate fast jet aircraft, including F-35s and Typhoons. 

The acknowledgment has come in response to reports that the UK's ability to train pilots is in crisis, with backlogs and other issues hampering the progression of newly qualified fighter pilots. 

According to documents seen by Sky News, the problems faced include technical issues on Hawk jet engines causing a 'reduced pipeline capacity' for training, the retention of RAF pilots who are quitting the service for better-paid jobs elsewhere, and the commitment by the UK to train foreign pilots from the likes of Qatar and Saudi Arabia. 

In response to the claims, an RAF spokesperson said: "Our people are our greatest asset and we're committed to ensuring we attract and retain the best and brightest talent to meet current and future threats. 

"Whilst we acknowledge there are challenges with the training pipeline, we are working across defence, with industry and our international partners to improve the training experience and results for our personnel, including recruiting more instructors and actively managing timeframes for training. 

"We continue to have sufficient aircrew to meet our operational commitments."