South Korea gets Apache Longbow trainer
Boeing has delivered an Apache Longbow Crew Trainer to the South Korean armed forces, the company announced on 22 August.
The country will use the trainer to prepare for the AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters, which are to be delivered by Boeing later in 2016.
The delivery completes a portion of a $1.6 billion order placed by South Korea in 2013 for 36 Guardian helicopters and training and logistical support. Boeing will provide two years of training and maintenance on the system.
The trainer system uses Apache’s flight software and matured flight and avionics simulation models to create an accurate training environment. The high-fidelity, full-flight simulator can be used by pilots and other personnel to practice aircraft procedures and rehearse missions.
Randy Nielson, US Army Apache program management office lead for operator training devices, said: ‘The Longbow Crew Trainer is an invaluable asset that will enable Korean Army AH-64 aviators to train and sustain aircraft systems, flight and tactical tasks, increasing their combat effectiveness while reducing risk to the soldier.’
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