Thales and Rheinmetall Defence Electronics (RDE) have been awarded a contract to supply and modernise Tiger combat helicopter simulators for the French and German armed forces.
Awarded by the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), the contract requires the companies to upgrade eight full-mission simulators and ten cockpit procedure trainers (CPTs) to the latest Tiger helicopter standards.
Work will be performed on the simulators used at the French-German Tiger aircrew training school in Le Luc, France, the French Army's 5th combat helicopter regiment in Pau and the Fritzlar 36th combat helicopter regiment in Germany.
The agreement also covers the supply of two new Tiger CPT simulators for France's 1st combat helicopter regiment in Phalsbourg, as well as support services over the next ten years.
OCCAR Tiger programme manager David Colliquet said: "This contract testifies to the successful cooperation between France, Germany, OCCAR, Thales and RDE under the Tiger aircrew training programme and will further strengthen our partnership for the next ten years."
Thales Training & Simulation business vice-president in charge Jean-Jacques Guittard said: "The new contract reflects OCCAR's continued confidence in Thales.
"We will provide French and German Tiger aircrews with state-of-the-art training capabilities, in line with the latest versions of these helicopters and their evolving roles in today's theatres of operations."
The companies will add new functionality for simulation of weapon systems, communications, datalinks and sensors, including the visual display of the TopOwl helmet-mounted sight and display system and flight modelling, bringing the simulators in line with France's Tiger HAD1 combat support variant and Germany's UHT2 anti-tank / fire support variant.
In addition, the simulator database will be integrated with the latest version of Thales's computer-generated force software and the ThalesView image generator and database to offer an even more realistic tactical environment for aircrew training.
The upgrades will enable France and Germany to tailor their databases to deployment scenarios in actual theatres of operations.
Image: Thales and RDE will upgrade and supply Tiger helicopter simulators. Photo: courtesy of Quentin Reytinas ©THALES.