What is the Fast Air Support Team (FAST)?

The Fast Air Support Team (FAST), part of the Combat Air Operating Centre, delivers Project team activities in support of:

  • Typhoon aircraft.
  • Tornado aircraft.
  • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) aircraft.
  • Crew Escape Systems Team.

Currently some of FAST’s main responsibilities include providing on-going support to Tornado in Afghanistan and continuing to bring Typhoon into service, as well as the objectives listed below:

  • Support and sustain FAST platforms and equipment through life;
  • Develop a highly professional and motivated FAST workforce;
  • Deliver an affordable and funded equipment and support programme for FAST within Approvals;
  • Build more effective and constructive relationships with our Stakeholders, including MOD, Industry and international partners;
  • Ensure FAST platforms and equipment safety, airworthiness and governance is fit for purpose; maintain an efficient, structured and optimised organisation to meet FAST outputs.

FAST staff are based in approximately 20 locations worldwide, including:

  • Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) at Abbey Wood South;
  • RAF Coningsby; and
  • RAF Marham.


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