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Aeralis and Thales Training and Simulation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop concepts for a ground-based training and simulation (GBTS) system aimed at complementing the UK’s TEMPEST future fighter programme, bolster the British aerospace and defence sector and strengthen prospects for defence exports, the companies announced on 15 July.

The two companies will evaluate concepts for a common simulator system that can be used to support all phases in a future flying training system and which could be demonstrated in time for Farnborough 2022. The collaboration will also feature a common effort in developing the architecture for a future common information system that will bring together data on student performance, aircraft utilisation and the use of courseware to help operators configure and optimise their use of AERALIS to deliver individual training needs in the most cost-effective way.

Deploying the combined expertise of 80,000 employees across operations in 68 countries, Thales brings design and build expertise in training system design, simulator development and delivery of GBTS that will complement Aeralis's existing collaborations with aircraft service providers.

For Aeralis, this collaboration offers the opportunity to advance the production of its suite of jet trainers, which will be fully customisable in terms of engines, outer wings and avionics. Adopting a unique modular concept built around a common, robust, long-life fuselage core, end-users will be able to configure their fleets to match the precise needs of their trainee pilots at any point in time - from basic through to lead-in fighter training.

Partnering with a global leader such as Thales brings us a huge advantage in developing the ultimate fighter pilot training system. Thales’s ability to bring a next-generation simulator to complement Aeralis’s world-beating modular aircraft design will mean the UK will take the lead in both capability and affordability of future military flying training,” commented Aeralis Strategy Director, Tim Davies.

Thales is committed to being at the forefront of developing innovative training systems to support next-generation military flying training. Aeralis brings a unique approach to developing an adaptable, connected and affordable aircraft system, for which Thales has the ability to develop a full suite of ground-based training systems and associated embedded training. We’re very excited to be working together with Aeralis on this, and in particular [by] what this means for developing the UK aerospace and defence sector and for supporting the future combat aircraft training needs of our customers around the world,” added Thales’s Managing Director of Training and Simulation in the UK, Daz Rawlins.

The Aeralis family concept is intended to bring training agility and cost-effectiveness to every phase of combat pilot training. (Photo: Aeralis Ltd)

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