AgustaWestland, EDA launch helicopter tactics course

  • 17-May-2011 05:34 EDT

This training applies the latest developments in gaming technology to deliver a high fidelity virtual environment for helicopter crew mission training.

AgustaWestland signed a contract with the European Defence Agency (EDA) for the provision of an Interim Helicopter Tactics Training Service. Under this agreement, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Sweden, and the U.K. (the contributing Member States) have formally agreed to collaborate in the procurement of this training service. The training will help prepare contributing Member States’ helicopter crews for joint deployment on allied military operations at the same time as they develop their own indigenous tactics training capabilities. The first course of the contract will be delivered this year, with a total of 20 courses delivered over the following two years, at a dedicated facility in the Empire Test Pilots’ School at MoD Boscombe Down, U.K. The founding principle is to deliver whole crew training based on recent operational experience, which has underlined the key part played by every crew member in delivering operational effect. The training equipment provides student stations for the pilot, navigator, engineer, and the rear crew, and it also includes the provision of a cabin door gun.

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