SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica company and a leading player in the Defence Electronics, has recently been awarded contracts worth around €8m for simulation systems for Italian and export customers.

The contracts include providing simulation systems designed to train the pilots and mission operators of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.

"SELEX Galileo has more than ten years of experience in providing training systems for programmes such as the Eurofighter Typhoon, Tornado and M-346. We are confident that this experience will allow us to continue to develop our business relating to Typhoon training and will put us in good stead to play a leading role in new programmes and with new platforms" said Gianfranco Terrando, SVP of Air Systems, UAS and Simulation, adding: "The simulation business is dominated by big players, but we believe that our expertise in sensors and mission systems, high level of technological innovation and closeness with our customers will allow us to compete strongly in the market by delivering highly customised solutions that meet customer requirements in terms of capability, performance and cost."

With over 20-years of experience, SELEX Galileo is firmly established, in Italy and abroad, in the field of simulation and training. For the Eurofighter Typhoon programme the company plays an important role in providing the ASTA (Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids) system and, for the M346, SELEX Galileo is responsible for the construction and logistical support of parts of the Full Mission Simulator (FMS) including the Instructor Operating Station (IOS). The IOS faithfully simulates the cockpit of the M346 including the on-board avionics and most of the aircraft’s critical systems.