Défense Conseil International (DCI), reference operator for France’s ministry of Armed Forces for the international transfer of French military know-how, is opening the renovated accommodation building at its International Academic and Aeronautical Training Centre (CIF-AA). A part of the long-term partnership with the Air Force Academy at the air base 701, this new capacity will allow a significantly higher number of foreign student officers to attend training at the CIF-AA in Salon-de-Provence.
Air Force academic and aeronautical training – an international reference
To increase the accommodation capacity at the Salon-de-Provence site, while adapting it to foreign students’ expectations, DCI has fully renovated an accommodation building, along with its facilities and fittings. 122 single bedrooms have been renovated to the most modern standards, creating new accommodation capacities.
“We are very proud to provide France’s partner countries with the most recent and efficient accommodation and training facilities, and thus contribute to conveying the French Air Force’s image of excellence and modernity. We have welcomed thirty international students in September and we expect demand to be high in the years ahead”, said Jean-Michel Palagos, Chairman and CEO of DCI.
Strengthening the win-win partnership between DCI and the armed forces
This renovation marks the completion of a bigger project designed to reinforce the training capacity at the Air Force Academy. Renovated in 2016, the training building features ten “New Generation” classrooms and four language labs. Investments in an engine simulator bench and a drone simulator complete the project.
The CIF-AA fully illustrates the win-win partnership and the synergies that exist between DCI and the French Air Force. “Providing vacant buildings under temporary occupancy permits has more than one advantage: it does not take up Air Force Academy resources while maintaining and enhancing national property”, explained Jean-Michel Palagos.