RNLAF inaugurates new training facility for C-130H and KDC-10 simulators


The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has inaugurated a new training facility for its C-130H and KDC-10 full-mission simulators.

The CAE-built C-130H and KDC-10 simulators were recently relocated to the RNLAF's new training facility, called GATE 2, next to the Gilze-Rijen Air Base.

Originally delivered to CAE's Amsterdam Training Centre in Hoofddrop in 2009, the relocated simulators are now ready for training, CAE said in a statement.

Since then, CAE has provided comprehensive maintenance and support services for both the simulators, and will continue to provide these services at Gilze-Rijen Air Base.

CAE vice-president and general manager Ian Bell said: "We are pleased to have assisted the RNLAF in relocating their C-130 and KDC-10 simulators that are now ready-for-training at Gilze-Rijen, and look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Netherlands Ministry of Defence.”

The inauguration coincided with renewal of the existing Partnering Agreement between CAE and the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (NLMOD).

To date, CAE has provided the NLMOD with training systems and services on a variety of platforms, including the C-130H, KDC-10, CH-47, and NH90 among others.

"To date, CAE has provided the NLMOD with training systems and services on a variety of platforms, including the C-130H, KDC-10, CH-47, and NH90 among others."

RNLAF commander lieutenant-general Dennis Luyt said: "Our C-130s and KDC-10s play a vital transport and tanker role for the Royal Netherlands Air Force, and this would not be possible without our highly-trained and skilled aircrews who support our missions.

"We are increasingly leveraging our simulation systems for more of our training requirements, and a partnership with a company like CAE can help us achieve greater efficiencies and innovative approaches as we enhance our simulation-based training capabilities."

The RNLAF operates the Lockheed Martin-built C-130H as a medium-lift transport aircraft, and KDC-10 as a tanker and strategic transport.


Image: RNLAF's new training facility for C-130H and KDC-10 full-mission simulators inaugurated. Photo: courtesy of CAE.