RNZAF poised to put NH90 simulator to use

20th October 2020 - 11:15 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The Royal New Zealand Air Force is set to begin using a new simulator for crews operating NH90 helicopters at Ohakea Air Base

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) are ready to put into operation a CAE 700MR Series NH90 flight training device at RNZAF Base Ohakea, having received the equipment in early October.

‘This advanced NH90 simulator means Royal New Zealand [Air Force] NH90 aircrews can train safely and cost-effectively in New Zealand,’ Matthew Sibree, Asia/Pacific managing director of CAE, announced on 19 October.

A total of NZ$42.73 million ($28.8 million) from existing budgets was allocated in 2018 for acquisition and installation.

The CAE 700MR helicopter simulator delivers an immersive and realistic virtual training environment for exacting tasks such as ship deck and confined area landings. The simulator for the RNZAF features an extreme FOV visual display system (240 degrees horizontal by 88 degrees vertical) with imagery generated by the CAE Medallion-6000MR image generator. 

A new facility was built to house the 10m-high simulator. CAE and the RNZAF completed the installation, integration and acceptance testing processes despite having to adapt their procedures in line with various COVID-19 restrictions over recent months. 

CAE New Zealand staff will continue to provide ongoing maintenance and support services on the NH90 simulator.

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