Thomson Training &Simulation (TT&S) has won two European combat helicopter training contracts.


Teamed with Germany's STN-Atlas, the company has been selected to provide aircrew training equipment for the Eurocopter Tiger under a Franco-German programme worth up to c300 million ($272 million).

In the UK, TT&S has been awarded a £27 million (£41 million) contract to provide aircrew training services for British Army Air Corps (AAC) Westland Lynx AH7 and AH9 helicopters.

The Tiger contract covers a range of equipment, from computer-assisted trainers to full mission simulators, for pilot and gunner training on all three versions of the helicopter to be operated by the French and German armies.

The bulk of the equipment will be installed at the joint Tiger training centre in Luc, France, with some in Germany. The full mission simulators feature six-axis motion and wide-angle visual systems.

The Lynx contract includes a reconfigurable AH7/9 flight simulator and cockpit procedures trainer and has been awarded under the UK's Private Finance Initiative. TT&S' Thomson Eagle Aircrew Training Services will own and operate the devices at a new centre at the AAC's Middle Wallop base.

The simulator will reuse elements of the AAC's existing Lynx machine and will feature six-axis motion and a five-channel, 200í-wide visual system compatible with night vision goggles.

Source: Flight International