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I/ITSEC 2016: RNLAF moves sims and emphasises virtual training

29th November 2016 - 12:27 by Trevor Nash in Orlando

I/ITSEC 2016: RNLAF moves sims and emphasises virtual training

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has held a ceremony to mark the move of its C-130H and KDC-10 full mission simulators (FMS). Both devices were built by CAE and initially located at the company’s Amsterdam training centre before being relocated to the RNLAF’s new training facility near Gilze-Rijen air base.

In addition, the event also marked the renewal of the partnering agreement between CAE and the Netherlands Ministry of Defence that sees CAE providing maintenance and logistical support for the two devices.

The ceremony was attended by Lt Gen Dennis Luyt, Commander of the RNLAF; Ron Kolkman, Director of the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation and Joint Information Management Command (DMO/JIVC); Peter Noordanus, Mayor of the City of Tilburg; and other NLMOD officers and CAE executives.

Like most air forces around the world, the RNLAF is placing increased emphasis on simulator-based training, a point highlighted by Luyt.

‘Our C-130s and KDC-10s play a vital transport and tanker role for the Royal Netherlands Air Force, and this would not be possible without our highly-trained and skilled aircrews who support our missions,’ said Luyt.  ‘We are increasingly leveraging our simulation systems for more of our training requirements, and a partnership with a company like CAE can help us achieve greater efficiencies and innovative approaches as we enhance our simulation-based training capabilities.’

This is clearly a major event for CAE in the Netherlands where the company has also provided training devices in the past and continues to support them. Examples include the CH-47 and NH-90.

‘We are pleased to have assisted the RNLAF in relocating their C-130 and KDC-10 simulators that are now ready-for-training at Gilze-Rijen, and look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Netherlands Ministry of Defence,’ said Ian Bell, CAE’s VP and GM, Europe/Middle East/Africa.

‘Our company vision is to be the training partner of choice to our customers, and our partnering agreement is a great example of a mutually beneficial relationship that helps the NLMOD enhance safety, efficiency and readiness.’

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