German and French TIGER helicopter simulators are being upgraded under the TIGER Aircrew Training Means (TATM) programme awarded by Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) in December 2014. The first upgraded simulation systems for the French TIGER HAD combat support variant and Germany's UHT Step 2 anti-tank / fire support variant have now completed qualification procedures at the Franco-German training academy (EFA) in Le Cannet-des-Maures in South-East France.
The upgrade is a key milestone in the OCCAR TIGER programme, and brings the training systems into line with the configurations of TIGER helicopters in service with the French and German Armed Forces. Helicopter crews were able to continue their training during the upgrade. Successful completion of qualification procedures is the latest illustration of the successful cooperation between France, Germany, Thales and Rheinmetall Electronics.
On top of EFA, the new versions of the Full Mission Simulators and Cockpit Procedure Trainers are now operational with the French combat helicopter regiments based in Pau and Phalsbourg, and will be operational shortly with the German combat helicopter regiment in Fritzlar.
For the upgraded simulation functions the companies delivered new cockpit configurations for HAD and UHT including new weapon systems for the HAD variant, display technology and avionics. In addition to these new instruction and training capabilities the latest generation of Computer Generated Force software as well as new powerful image generators was added. To meet the increased needs for tactical training a simulated UHT ground station was installed. New visual databases have also been developed for this programme to provide even more faithful representations of the theatres of operations in which Tiger aircrews are required to operate. The new functions bring added realism to virtual and tactical environments, increasing the chances of mission success by enabling crews to acquire and develop tactical skills in conditions as close as possible to real life.