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RAF Typhoon synthetic training system reaches milestone

31st May 2022 - 09:09 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London

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New TFST simulators will replace devices acquired through the ASTA programme that the RAF deemed inadequate for credible recurrent training. Pictured is an RAF Typhoon landing at Thumrait, Oman. (Photo: UK MoD/Crown Copyright)

The delivery of the first two TFST devices is expected by the end of the year, but RAF pilots will only start training on them in 2023. The new devices feed into the RAF’s larger objective to share common synthetic entity models across the force.

After an erratic development path, the RAF Typhoon Future Synthetic Training (TFST) programme reached a milestone with integration work on the first pair of devices.

Last September, the UK MoD awarded BAE Systems contracts worth £220 million ($305 million) to deliver ten synthetic training systems.

Six of those will go to the RAF Typhoon fleet to the Typhoon Training Facility South (TTF(S)) at RAF Coningsby and four to TTF(N) at RAF Lossiemouth.

Five simulators are now at BAE Systems’ manufacturing assembly facility at Warton with the sixth soon to be delivered, according to the company.  

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