Thales has agreed to deliver a helicopter mission trainer for the Senegalese Armed Forces to enable collective and tactical instruction and training of attack helicopter pilots.

The Thales helicopter trainer-simulator will be used to train Mi-35 attack helicopter and Mi-17 transport helicopter pilots.

The tactical training of Senegalese pilots, who conduct a wide range of remote missions beyond their homeland defence operations, will allow them to be mission-ready.

To be installed at the Air Force Academy at Thiès, near Dakar, the trainer is designed to recreate realistic operational conditions that will enable the aircrews to develop and improve their tactical skills.

“These training tools of the future have been developed using Thales state-of-the-art technologies to enable highly effective instruction and training.”

The trainer features a flexible and modular design that can be modified for individual pilot and commander training, as well as aircrew training for collective operations such as multi-crew and multiplatform coordination and combined arms deployments.

The Thales helicopter mission trainer also features a high-definition visual database and programmable tactical scenarios, such as combat search and rescue, air, land, naval operations or commando insertion/extraction.

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Senegalese Forces air force chief of staff General Joseph M. DIOP said: “These training tools of the future have been developed using Thales state-of-the-art technologies to enable highly effective instruction and training.

“The Senegalese Armed Forces will benefit from a training system perfectly matching the tactical training requirements of helicopter pilots, reconstructing operational conditions with a high degree of realism.”

Following training sessions, a debriefing station allows pilots to analyse and help prepare for a better mission.