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I/ITSEC 2016: Swiss Army helicopter simulator upgrades for Thales

29th November 2016 - 16:00 by Trevor Nash in Orlando

I/ITSEC 2016: Swiss Army helicopter simulator upgrades for Thales

The Swiss federal defence procurement authority, armasuisse has contracted Thales to undertake a number of significant concurrency upgrades to the Swiss Air Force’s AS 532 Supper Puma and EC635 full flight mission simulators (FFMS).

The AS532 FFMS upgrades includes improvements to the primary flight avionics, communications suite, the digital moving map, the forward-looking infrared and the helmet-mounted display. Functional improvements will also be made to both simulators, in particular to the instructor operating station.

The company says that these updates will be delivered to the Swiss Air Force in September 2017.

Functional upgrades will also be made to the Swiss Air Forces multi-purpose twin-engined EC635 helicopter FFMS. Both devices are used to train normal, abnormal and tactical operational procedures.

The two FFMS, used by the Swiss Air Force since 2012, can be networked for training exercises involving formation flying and tactical operations.

The visual display systems have a field of view of 240 degrees horizontally and 90 degrees vertically and feature the ThalesView image generator. The database comprises a high-fidelity replication of the whole of Switzerland.

These simulators obtained JAR FSTD-H Level D certification, issued by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), in June 2013 for the EC635 FFMS and in March 2014 for the Super Puma AS532 FFMS. Software updates were performed on both simulators in 2015.

Thales prides itself in in the fidelity of its rotary-wing training devices and has delivered more than 110 helicopter simulators to customers in 25 countries around the world.

This contract shows yet again that selling the customer a training device is not the end of the story. To maintain concurrency with the platform requires continual upgrades as new and enhanced avionics and equipment are fitted. Upgrades are also driven by emerging simulation technologies.

For more from I/ITSEC 2016, see our dedicated news page.

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