ITEC 2018: Thales secures EDITH contract in Hungary
During a briefing at ITEC 2018 by Thales VP training & simulation, Benoit Plantier, it emerged that Thales is under contract from Hungary to supply its rotary-wing tactics trainer to the Hungarian Air Force.
Based on the French Army Aviation (ALAT) EDITH system, the contract in Hungary follows hot on the heels of a sale to Senegal and another to Kuwait. The latter system, featuring two aircraft stations for the H225M Caracal combat SAR and utility helicopter, will be delivered later this year.
Thales received the order for the Hungarian Air Force device early in 2018 and is set to deliver two networked devices to replicate the Mi-35 and Mi-17 early next year.
Thales’ exploitation of its EDITH technology has, over the past 12 months, been prolific and the company sees future opportunities ahead.
‘We believe that operations by the French armed forces in the Middle East and Africa over recent years has provided Thales with exceptional experience to tailor our training equipment to modern operational needs,’ explained Plantier.
Plantier told Shephard that the company also benefits from Thales’ experience of cyber security and secure communications that can be drawn upon to support its various simulation offerings.
As an example, Plantier cited a new door gunner trainer that will be unveiled at Eurosatory in the summer.
Despite a downturn in helicopter sales over recent years, the company continues to invest in providing training tools for this vital area of air mobility.
The company continues to work with ALAT on the latter’s integrated LVC initiatives, that Plantier said ‘will continue to provide major training benefits’.
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