Britain and France Sign Agreement of Test Pilot Exchange
- May 22, 2018
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and French Minister of the Armed Forces Mme Florence Parly have signed a technical agreement for the exchange of test pilots on 17 May.
According to the agreement French pilots would have training at the UK Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) based at MoD Boscombe Down air station and British pilots would be trained at the Ecole du Personnel Navigant d’Essais et de Reception based on the Istres Le Tube Airbase in France.
The exchange of pilots programme ensures that the skills of military flight test, analysis and capability enhancement are shared between the Armed Forces of UK and France, further strengthening the UK’s relationship with France and building on the strong partnership between our armed forces.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said “France is one of our most important allies and this agreement symbolises the importance of deep defence and security relationships. By participating in this exchange programme, we will strengthen understanding between our personnel. We are the only two European powers willing and able to deploy and sustain significant military power and we will continue to work towards a special partnership for the future”.
Also, the two countries are jointly developing advanced defence capability projects and strengthening links across the armed forces.