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DSEI 2021: RAF Typhoon training gap slowly closes

14th September 2021 - 15:30 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Holsworthy

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The Medallion MR e-Series training device. (Photo: CAE)

The UK's DE&S finally awards a contract to procure long needed Typhoon synthetic training equipment for RAF stations Lossiemouth and Coningsby.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded BAE Systems £220 million ($305 million) worth of contracts to deliver synthetic training systems for the RAF Typhoon fleet under the Typhoon Future Synthetic Training (TFST) programme.

As reported by Shephard, six of the 10 devices will be deployed to the Typhoon Training Facility South (TTF(S)) at RAF Coningsby and four to TTF(N) at RAF Lossiemouth, with FOC scheduled for 2023.

The simulators are being built by CAE and feature that company’s Medallion MR e-Series devices. It includes a back-projection 360-degree dome display system, laser projectors and CAE Medallion image generators.

CAE is already under contract to supply three devices to the Qatari Emiri Air Force. A further device, a reference system, is to be deployed to BAE Systems at Warton.

The new training devices at TTF(S) and TTF(N) will be networked providing an integrated environment, part of the RAF’s Gladiator training environment that is being overseen by Boeing UK.

It remains a mystery why it has taken the RAF and the MoD Defence Equipment & Support organisation so long to bring BAE Systems under contract. Given the recognised training gap that was only partially filled by the procurement of extra Emulated Deployable Cockpit Trainers (EDCT) for TTF(N) that were delivered in 2018, this procurement should have been a priority.

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