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The training of German Eurofighter pilots is being modernized. Firstly, the Eurofighter pilot training system (PSTS) at the Main Operating Base (MOB) in Laage is being expanded. Second, modern simulator cockpits will be introduced on all Eurofighter MOBs in Germany. Appropriate orders have now been signed.

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Photo: Airbus Defense and Space

The first contract provides that the existing full mission simulators and cockpit trainers in Laage are upgraded and two additional full mission simulators of the new standard are made available. This increases the training capacity from two to four simulators. This will enable the German Air Force to carry out four-ship training at a single location and multi-ship training at distributed, networked locations. Due to the new design of the Visual Display Systems, the four full mission simulators can be accommodated in the existing simulator halls without major infrastructure adjustments.

The second order includes the exchange of ten cockpits in the full mission simulator and cockpit trainer at all German Eurofighter bases in Neuburg, Laage, Wittmund, Nörvenich and the central integration facility at Airbus Manching.

All training cockpits for the German locations will be equipped with a full range of cockpit displays and control panels including a newly developed facsimile head-up display. It will also include a G-seat motion cueing system, an anti-G inflation system and a breathing air system, all of which are controlled by a cockpit connection system developed by Airbus. The entire cockpit will be compatible with night vision goggles.

The PSTS consortium is the result of a cooperation agreement between the German and Spanish ministries of defense and is made up of three partners: Airbus Defense and Space, Indra and CAE, with Airbus being the main contractor.

Dorothee Frank