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Australian air force receives Hensoldt’s radar training enhancement

7th May 2021 - 13:42 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The front view of the ACU Stimulator, developed for the RAAF Operational Maintenance Trainer (Photo: Hensoldt)

Hensoldt has delivered a radar training system enhancement to the RAAF.

Hensoldt Australia has delivered an enhancement for the Radar Operational Maintenance Trainer (OMT) to the RAAF.

The OMT training system is used by the RAAF to enable technicians to develop the skills required to operate and maintain radar systems in a controlled, ‘real-life’ environment.

Hensoldt Australia designed and manufactured the Antenna Control Unit (ACU) stimulator to enhance and operate within the OMT.

The ACU stimulator emulates a working antenna and pedestal system. When undergoing radar training, an RAAF technician can interact with the ACU as if it were an actual antenna.

This enables RAAF technicians to learn how to operate the complete system and respond to issues and malfunctions in a realistic and timely manner.

The enhancement aligns the OMT software with that used in the operational radars, as opposed to it being a modified and unique training software release.

This reduces the life-cycle costs for the system and allows the OMT to be used as an effective rollout platform for future software releases. It minimises the downtime requirements for an operational system through its 20-year-of-life-type.

The product is available for export to support other ATC radars, not just Hensoldt radars. 

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