USAF HH-60G Pave Hawk

Lockheed Martin has completed delivery of a simulator intended to train the pilots and flightcrew of the US Air Force’s (USAF) HH-60G Pave Hawk personnel recovery helicopter.

The delivery of the simulator, also known as Super 60, is part of the 10-year, $1.1bn Aircrew Training and Rehearsal Support II (ATARS II) contract, awarded to the company in 2007.

Lockheed Martin’s Global Training and Logistics division Aircrew Training and Rehearsal Support ATARS II program director Vic Torla said the Super 60 is the first HH-60G simulator to incorporate aerial gunner stations on the motion platform.

The stations will enable the gunners to train alongside and experience the same motions as the rest of the flight crew, as opposed to previous sessions, where crews could only fully train together inside the actual helicopter, a modified Black Hawk.

Capable of working either independently or in coordination with other training devices, the simulator will replicate electronic warfare and defensive systems, helping crews to practice aerial refuelling, formation flying, night vision goggle operations, combat search and rescue and basic checklist training.

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Super 60 features a visual system consisting of three domes, three image generators and 19 projectors, with one dome at the front for the pilot and co-pilot, and two side domes for the gunner and flight engineer, along with a mini-gun and .50-calibre gun for shooting.

Scheduled to enter operational service in April 2012, the simulator will be used for pilot training at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, US.

Around 100 Pave Hawks are in service with the USAF, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard (ANG), which deployed them to Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

Lockheed Martin will also provide simulators for the C-130 Talon, Spectre and Shadow, MH-53 Pave Low and MH-60 Pave Hawk and the CV-22 Osprey, as part of the ATARS II contract.

Image: Lockheed delivers simulator for USAF’s HH-60G Pave Hawk personnel recovery helicopter. Photo: Adrian Pingstone.