CAE has officially delivered a helicopter flight training simulator to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).

The Canadian company was contracted in 2018 by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to deliver a CAE 700 Mission Reality (MR) Series NH90 flight training device (FTD) for RNZAF.

The simulator was installed at RNZAF Base Ohakea with remote virtual support from CAE staff in Montreal and Australia. The on-site installation works were carried out by a range of teams, including local CAE staff.

The device is now ready for use and will enable RNZAF crew to undertake military helicopter flight and mission training.

Specifically, the system will allow the crew to rehearse ship deck and confined area landings.

The CAE 700MR Series NH90 simulator comes with an extreme field-of-view visual display system (240° horizontal by 88° vertical) with imagery generated by the CAE Medallion-6000MR image generator.

It is also equipped with a dynamic seat to support vibration and motion cueing.

CAE Asia / Pacific managing director Matthew Sibree said: “This advanced NH90 simulator means Royal New Zealand NH90 aircrews can train safely and cost-effectively in New Zealand.

“The realistic training capability provided by the NH90 simulator will enable the RNZAF to maximise the availability of the NH90 fleet for operational taskings while ensuring aircrew are prepared for the wide range of missions they are called on to perform.”

As previously agreed, CAE New Zealand staff will be responsible for maintenance and support services on the NH90 simulator.

Separately, New Zealand has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions against North Korea.

This is the third measure following similar P-3 deployments in September 2018 and October 2019.