AgustaWestland has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence to design and develop an integrated training solution, including the building and equipping of a new AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter training centre.

The Wildcat training centre will be located at RNAS Yeovilton in south-west England, besides Royal Navy and British Army AW159 Lynx Wildcat squadrons.

The new training centre will be equipped with a range of synthetic training technology, including two full-mission simulators, a flight training device, and a cockpit procedures trainer.

The facility will begin the training courses for army aircrew and maintainers in January 2013, with training for Royal Navy aircrew and maintainers from January 2014.