The Republic of Korea has received an Apache Longbow crew trainer from Boeing as part of the country's $1.6bn order for 36 AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters and associated training and logistical support services.
Equipped with flight software and avionics simulation models, the Longbow crew trainer and will be used to train the country's air crews in preparation for the Guardian helicopters that Boeing will begin delivering later this year.
US Army Apache Program Management Office lead for operator training devices Randy Nielson said: “The AH-64 Apache helicopter is a critical force multiplier to the US Army and customers around the world.
“The Longbow crew trainer is an invaluable asset that will enable Korean Army AH-64 aviators to train and sustain aircraft systems, flight and tactical tasks, increasing their combat effectiveness while reducing risk to the soldier.”
The contract also requires the company to provide training and maintenance for a period of two years.
Using the high-fidelity flight simulator, pilots and other personnel will practise aircraft procedures and rehearse missions.
The containerised and deployable Longbow crew trainer is the only high-fidelity, full-flight simulator accredited for training Apache attack helicopter aircrews, Boeing said in a statement.
The system also allows in-theatre training under a wide range of conditions.
Image: Using the Apache Longbow crew trainer, pilots and other personnel will practise aircraft procedures and rehearse missions. Photo: courtesy of Boeing.