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Thales signs for second RAF A400M simulator

21st May 2014 - 14:37 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Thales will supply the Royal Air Force with a second A400M military transport aircraft full-flight simulator under a new contract announced on 21 May.

The simulator will become part of the RAF Brize Norton training school in Oxfordshire, delivered to the UK Ministry of Defence in March 2014 and managed by Thales and Airbus Defence and Space joint venture, A400M Training Services Ltd (ATSL).

The two simulators will be used to help train A400M aircrews at the training school. The Full-Flight Simulator employs advanced visual and motion technology developed and produced by Thales that represents the current production cockpit configuration of the Airbus A400M aircraft and simulates the ground and flight operations of the aircraft in various natural and tactical environments.

It includes an enhanced field-of-view visual system that can support training in all aircraft manoeuvres, including air-to-air refuelling and low-level tactical operations. The motion system offers six degrees of freedom. Also provided are on-board and off-board instructor stations and a record and replay system to aid crew briefing and debriefing.

Peter Hitchcock, vice president, UK avionics business, Thales, said: ‘This order follows on previous orders for A400M Full Flight Simulators from Spain, France, Germany and the UK. It confirms Thales as a leading military training service provider for the UK Ministry of Defence.’

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