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Strat Aero and Netherlands to set up first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Training Centre in Europe

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World Defense & Security News - Strat Aero and Netherlands
 
 
Strat Aero and Netherlands to set up first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Training Centre in Europe
 
Strat Aero, a revenue generative international aerospace services company focused on the provision of training solutions, management systems and consultancy services to the global aviation market, announced today that it has entered into discussions at a senior level of the Netherlands Government with a view to establishing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ("UAV") Training Centre in the Netherlands (the "Training Facility"), which when operational would be the first in Northern Europe.
     
Strat Aero, a revenue generative international aerospace services company focused on the provision of training solutions, management systems and consultancy services to the global aviation market, announced today that it has entered into discussions at a senior level of the Netherlands Government with a view to establishing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ("UAV") Training Centre in the Netherlands (the "Training Facility"), which when operational would be the first in Northern Europe.
Strat Aero will provide training on different UAV platforms, including the MQ-9 Reaper
     
A future agreement between Strat Aero and the Government of the Netherlands is expected to cover many different matters. The Government of the Netherlands will source and make available a location with suitable fixed facilities in which to establish a new comprehensive UAV training base for both civilian and military training on fixed wing and multi rotor unmanned Aerial Systems ("UAS"). The site is expected to include a runway of 8,000ft (2,440 m) enabling full operational UAV training for large fixed wing UAVs.

Moreover, Strat Aero will provide hanger capacity for six Northrop Grumman SandShark UAV training aircraft, one Predator and one Reaper, both Military operational fixed wing UAVs. Strat Aero will invest in the establishment of the Training Facility including the provision of ground based equipment, training materials, management personnel and the provision of training aircraft.

The Training Facility will provide Sandshark training, designed to simulate Predator and Reaper platforms, as well as light multi-rotor UAV training for commercial pilots. Research and development and training infrastructure and services will be available to universities and civilian organisations. The Training Facility is expected to be a multinational resource available to all EU member states

The Company is scheduled to make proposals to the Government of the Netherlands and to inspect the proposed site during January, subject to successful completion of these meetings it expects to advance to binding contractual phase during the first quarter of 2015.