Alenia Aermacchi has unveiled the M-345 ground-based training demonstrator device (GDD) at the recent International Training and Education Conference (ITEC) in the Czech Republic.
The M-345 GDD consists of aircraft flight and systems simulators and computer-based training (CBT) devices. It replicates flight qualities of the company’s M-345 high efficiency trainer (HET) aircraft, simulating the cockpit and the main flight controls of the aircraft.
The system features an e-learning component comprising the CBT and procedural training device (PTD) simulator, in addition to an operational flight trainer (OFT) that feature the same software as the PTD.
This OFT also has an additional 180° wide display and a life-like cockpit that enabled student pilots to use the same controls found on the actual aircraft.
The simulator is designed to facilitate the introduction to tactics that are completed in-flight. It can also generate the tracking of targets, friend or foe aircraft, threats and all the necessary elements needed to create an effective virtual operating scenario, on the multi-function displays.
The system serves as a key component of the new M-345 HET integrated training system, which represents the company’s latest solution for the basic-advanced phase of training syllabus for military pilots with reduced acquisition and life-cycle costs compared to turboprop trainers
In particular, the trainer provides a value-for-money solution that benefits from jet performance and from the expanded flight envelope in terms of both speed and altitude, ensuring more training per flight hour and higher training download capability from the subsequent advanced / lead-in fighter training phase.
Using the M-345 system, the trainee can complete Phase II with a higher skill level, including the management of sensors and weapons and the air-to-air and air-to-ground engagement procedures.
Specifically, the system is expected to help air forces reduce the basic phase flight hours from 120 to 90 or maintain the 120 hours including the introduction to tactics, which in turn reduces Phase III on the advanced trainer from 70 to 50 hours, achieving greater economic savings.
Image: The M-345 GDD offers a replica of the cockpit and the main flight controls of the aircraft. Photo: © 2015 Alenia Aermacchi – A Finmeccanica Company.