The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has awarded a new contract to Canadian manufacturer CAE for the delivery of a CAE 700 Mission Reality (MR) Series NH90 flight training device (FTD) to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).
Valued at more than C$50m ($38.03m), the contract also includes the delivery of long-term maintenance and support services of the simulator, which is due to be housed at the RNZAF Base Ohakea in 2020.
Recently launched, the CAE 700MR Series NH90 FTD has been specially designed for military helicopter flight and mission training.
New Zealand Defence Minister Ron Mark said: “Increased use of New Zealand-based simulators is the best way to train and sustain the number of pilots in the fleet.
“The availability of in-country simulator-based flight training will reduce the need to use NH90s for training flights, ensuring the helicopters are available for more operational tasking.”
The training simulator provides an immersive and realistic training environment in a fixed-based platform that includes a dynamic seat for vibration and motion cueing.
A CAE Medallion-6000XR image generator and an extreme field-of-view visual display system will be featured on the training device, which will be used for practicing and simulating high-risk manoeuvres such as ship deck and confined area landings.
CAE Asia-Pacific / Middle East vice-president and general manager Ian Bell said: “We are pleased the NZDF has once again placed its trust and confidence in CAE to deliver a high-fidelity training system and comprehensive training support services that will contribute to the mission readiness of the RNZAF’s NH90 helicopter aircrews.”