Rheinmetall has successfully completed factory acceptance testing of the cargo hold crew training simulator of the German Air Force’s (Luftwaffe) A400 military transport aircraft.
The simulator is dubbed cargo hold trainer enhanced (CHT-E). It is primarily designed for training loadmasters and ground personnel, and has been configured in the highest fidelity level, CHT-E Device 4, for Luftwaffe.
A subproject of the SimA400M programme, CHT-E is a life-size replica of the A400M cargo hold, featuring operator interfaces, control stations and other equipment to enable initial and advanced training, as well as refresher courses and operational drills in real-time.
Specifically, the simulator will allow for mission-specific reconfiguration of the cargo hold, cargo preparation, loading and unloading operations, as well as standard and emergency operating procedures both in flight and on the ground.
In addition, safely practising difficult manoeuvres, such as airdrop procedures, can also be carried out by the users.
Scheduled to be installed at the 62nd Air Transport Squadron base in Wunstorf, Germany, by mid-2015, the simulator is also equipped with an instructor operating station that can be used for controlling and evaluating exercises.
The SimA400M programme currently encompasses three CHT-E systems and three loadmaster working station trainers (LMWST).
Apart from Germany, Rhienmetall has also supplied CHT-E systems and LMWSTs to A400M manufacturer Airbus Military, as well as the French and UK Royal Air Force.
In addition, the Dusseldorf-based company has also delivered a new virtual maintenance trainer programmed with ASTERION training software, to the German Air Force Technical Training Centre (TAusbZLw) in Fassberg.
Representing the first upgrade of the total 16 training modules, the simulator is designed to help the service train aspiring aircraft technicians in the electrical system of NH90 tactical transport helicopter without having to use the expensive original weapons system.
Completion of the final training modules is scheduled for 2015.
Image: The first German A400M aircraft runs its engines at the Airbus Defence and Space Final Assembly Line in Seville, Spain. Photo: copyright 2013 Airbus Defence and Space.