Upgraded German Navy Helicopter Simulator Ready-for-Training

Upgraded German Navy Helicopter Simulator Ready-for-Training

CAE has completed a major upgrade on the German Navy's Sea King MK41 helicopter simulator ahead of schedule and has re-entered it into service at the Nordholz Naval Airbase in Germany.

Previously, Sea King training was conducted on a basic instrument flight rules (IFR) training device originally built by CAE in the mid-1970s. As part of the major upgrade to a full-mission simulator over the past 12 months, CAE performed a range of significant updates, including the addition of the latest-generation CAE Medallion-6000 image generator with Common Database (CDB) architecture, upgraded avionics for concurrency with the current helicopter, enhanced synthetic and tactical environment simulation software, new vibration system, an improved instructor operator station, and a new brief/debrief station. The CDB architecture, which was recently adopted by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) as an international standard for the creation of synthetic environment databases, will further enhance the ability to perform networked, interoperable mission training across the German Armed Forces.

The German Navy is now able to conduct a range of training tasks in the Sea King full-mission simulator that were previously not possible, such as ship deck landings and night vision goggle training. 

"This project required very close collaboration with the German Navy and we are pleased to have delivered the upgraded Sea King full-mission simulator ahead of schedule," said Marc-Olivier Sabourin, CAE's Vice President and General Manager, Europe/Africa. "CAE's training systems integration experience and expertise is helping our defence customers increasingly leverage synthetic training to cost-effectively prepare aircrews for mission success while contributing to the efficient use of operational platforms." 

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