The Royal Malaysian Air Force has taken delivery of a new flight and navigation training simulator from Thales.

The flight and navigation procedures trainer (FNPT) II simulator has been designed to train pilots for operating H120 helicopters.

Using FNPT II, trainee pilots are trained in procedures such as navigation, instrument flight and how to handle failures as well as on various emergency procedures.

"Thales was perfectly in tune with our needs and we hope that this successful venture will lead to more opportunities to expand pilot training in Malaysia."

The simulator for H120 helicopters is an addition to the Royal Malaysian Air Force's current facilities that offer training on real helicopters and it meets pilots' specific needs in flight procedure training, Thales stated.

Malaysian aviation consultant Gading Kasturi uses the equipment to train air force pilots at the Royal Air Force College in Alor Setar.

Gading Kasturi official Major (R) Mohd Nazri Nazarudin said: “Gading Kasturi has reinforced its training catalogue for pilots in the Royal Malaysian Air Force by offering access to this FNPT II simulator supplied by Thales.

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“Thales was perfectly in tune with our needs and we hope that this successful venture will lead to more opportunities to expand pilot training in Malaysia.”

Thales completed the delivery of the training equipment with additional support from 6MOUV, a French small and medium-sized enterprise.

The flight and navigation training simulator is claimed to reduce costs for the air force and will limit the environmental impact.

Powered by Turbomeca Arrius 2F turboshaft engine, the Airbus Helicopters-built H120 helicopter  is fitted with bearingless Spheriflex-type main rotor and Fenestron tail rotor.

The helicopter's vehicle and engine multifunction display (VEMD) is said to reduce pilot workload.

The wide, flat-floor cabin of the helicopter provides enough space to accommodate troops and mission equipment.

The H120 is used in surveillance, crowd control, anti-terrorist support, firefighting, drug detection and border patrol duties.