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The aeronautical training of the military pilots is demanding. This applies in particular to the demanding tasks in the maritime environment. Simulation technology is becoming more and more important due to the increasing complexity of aircraft and missions. CAE has been supporting naval pilot training for over 40 years with the latest technology and the best possible expertise.

The naval aviators make an indispensable contribution to the fulfillment of the navy's duties. In doing so, they have to defy special challenges and weather conditions. Whether it is in submarine hunting, surveillance of the sea or in the search and rescue service (SAR) that is always on alert: even the smallest mistake can have fatal consequences under these conditions. These tasks therefore require well-trained, highly professional specialists. Also in view of the steadily increasing digitalization of the aircraft, the training of the flight personnel and the permanent crew members is becoming more and more demanding.

Exercise scenarios for the P-3C simulator are prepared and carried out at the Instructor Operator Station (IOS). (Photo: Maylin Wied)

However, the training can only be mapped to a certain extent in real aircraft. On the one hand, these are often bound by other tasks and are therefore not available for training needs. On the other hand, some of the procedures to be practiced are too dangerous for people and material to be practiced regularly on the real device. State-of-the-art simulation technology is an important addition to the training curriculum at this point. The simulator-based training also reduces cost pressure, personnel requirements and the wear and tear on the weapon systems. Above all, the relief of personnel from experienced and highly qualified trainers can be a great advantage given the prevailing shortage of pilots. In addition to the device, training on the simulator also protects the environment: much lower CO2- and noise emissions reduce pollution.

CAE develops training solutions for the NH90, currently also for the German Navy's NH90 SEA LION, consisting of various simulators and training devices. (Photo: CAE)

CAE has been the leading manufacturer of flight simulators and operator of entire training centers for decades. The company has also made this expertise available to the German Navy for more than 40 years. The simulation options have developed significantly over the past few decades: In addition to simple process trainers, highly complex training systems now enable deployment preparation under realistic conditions. For this purpose, simulators combine the hardware and software with excellent vision systems and a sophisticated synthetic environment. Modern simulators convey very realistic impressions up to the limits and allow the crew members to immerse themselves almost completely in the training environment. This means that simulator flight hours can also be used to fulfill the military Tactical Combat Training Program (TCTP) and, with a corresponding certification, to obtain aviation licenses.

CAE currently operates simulators for almost all airborne weapon systems of the German Navy: for the P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, the SEA LYNX Mk88A on-board helicopter and the SEA KING Mk41. CAE will also provide the training system for the NH90 SEA LION in the future. It consists of an operational flight trainer (OFT) for the pilot and the co-pilot, a console station for the tactical coordinator and a rear cabin trainer for training the crew in the rear of the aircraft. They can all be coupled with each other so that the entire crew can train together - including a realistic movement. The training system is rounded off by a cockpit procedure trainer for focused practice of individual processes. This training system can be expanded with additional components in the future so that it can also be used for training the Mk88A successor, the NH90 SEA TIGER. Since the two NH90 derivatives are technically identical to a large extent, the CAE could use considerable synergies with the SEA LION in the provision of the necessary SEA TIGER training components and potential savings could be realized.

CAE currently provides an OFT for the P-3C Orion, which can be coupled with the specially developed Operational Tactic Trainer (OTT). This allows the simulation of realistic scenarios in which the entire aircraft crew can train to complete a joint mission. Experienced CAE employees accompany the exercises and guarantee the best possible quality of training. The Bundeswehr is currently looking for an alternative for the P-3C Orion. With decades of experience, CAE offers comprehensive and established training solutions for all potential successor platforms and can thus guarantee a seamless transition to the new platform and thus the safety, efficiency and readiness of naval aviators.

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