Thales delivered upgrades to the Full Flight and Mission Simulators (FFMS) AS532 Super PUMA (TH06) transport helicopters and multi-purpose twin-engined EC635 military helicopter of the Swiss Air Force. This standardisation contract, which was awarded to Thales in September 2016, was delivered on schedule, meeting all customer requirements and providing complete satisfaction to the pilots, according to Thales.
The standardisation of the Full Flight and Mission Simulator AS532 Super PUMA, included upgrading the avionics system, radio communications, digital map, forward-looking infrared imagery and visualisation helmet. On the EC635 helicopter simulator, upgrades mainly consisted of enhancements to the Instructor Operating Station (IOS). All of these updates and functional improvements were delivered to the Swiss Air Force, on schedule, in September 2017.
"We are very satisfied with the upgrades and new functionalities introduced by Thales to our full flight simulators," Yanik Varley, programme manager at armasuisse, said. "These upgrades are necessary to bring the simulators up to current standards, especially for the AS532 Super PUMA. Our pilots can now train in a virtual environment that matches the real helicopter that they are currently flying. We are happy and satisfied with the upgrades."
Thales flight simulators have been used by the Swiss Air Force since 2012, meeting the Force's specific training requirements of the pilots. The ability to connect these two simulators provides pilots with much possibilities for training exercises involving formation flying and tactical operations such as search and rescue. (Image: Thales)