Thales teams up with Aeralis
The training and simulation division of Thales is supporting efforts by UK-based Aeralis to develop its eponymous family of aircraft for the RAF Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO).
Aeralis announced on 9 March that the systems required to teach pilots ‘will be ready in conjunction with the modular aircraft system’.
Thales designs and operates synthetic flight training simulators, such as those already used at RAF Brize Norton to train A330 Voyager and A400M crews.
Three variants of Aeralis are planned: a basic trainer (AERALIS B), advanced trainer (AERALIS A) and a bespoke aerobatic team jet aircraft (AERALIS X).
On 17 February, Aeralis announced a three-year contract from the UK MoD to continue development of the jet aircraft. Under this deal, the RCO will support the requirements and design review process to gain an understanding of how the Aeralis design could support efforts to rationalise the future RAF fleet.
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