Upgrade for German NH90 simulators
The Helicopter Flight Training Services consortium will upgrade NH90 Full Mission Simulators (FMS) for the German military under a contract announced on 13 February.
The consortium is made up of Airbus Helicopters, CAE, Rheinmetall and Thales.
Following on from an initial 14-year private finance agreement signed in 2004, the consortium will modernise four FMS on three sites for the German forces. The simulators will be brought up to the latest MR-1 standard, with computer configurations to be renovated and the instructor station and the tactical situation animation software to be replaced.
The upgrade includes Level C certification with the European authority EASA.
The modernisation programme will enable the German armed forces to continue training its NH90 crews in a virtual environment. In addition, the networking capacity of all the simulators spread over the Bückeburg, Fassberg and Holzdorf sites, and the opening up to the German Army's other training facilities, will enable crews to train collectively for complex missions.
The contract will run until 2028.
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