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CAE has officially handed over a CAE 700MR Series NH90 flight training device to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), the company announced on 19 October.

This advanced NH90 simulator means Royal New Zealand NH90 aircrews can train safely and cost-effectively in New Zealand,” explained Matthew Sibree, Managing Director, Asia/Pacific, CAE. “The realistic training capability provided by the NH90 simulator will enable the RNZAF to maximise the availability of the NH90 fleet for operational taskings while ensuring aircrews are prepared for the wide range of missions they are called on to perform.”

COVID-19 restrictions mean the RNZAF and CAE have had to adapt traditional on-site installation, integration, and acceptance testing procedures. A range of teams, including local staff from CAE New Zealand, performed the on-site installation at RNZAF Base Ohakea, with remote virtual support from CAE staff in Montreal and Australia. The simulator is now ready for use in order to meet the RNZAF’s currency requirements for crews due to the current COVID-19 situation. CAE New Zealand staff will continue to provide ongoing maintenance and support services.

The CAE 700MR Series NH90 simulator delivers an immersive and realistic virtual training environment, ideal for rehearsing challenging tasks such as ship deck and confined area landings. The RNZAF NH90 simulator features an extreme field-of-view visual display system (240°x88°), with imagery generated by the CAE Medallion-6000MR image generator. In addition, the CAE 700MR Series includes a revolutionary dynamic seat for vibration and motion cueing, thus maximising the realism of the training experience on a fixed-based simulator.

RNZAF NH90 aircrew undergoing training in the new CAE 700MR NH90 simulator at RNZAF Base Ohakea. (Photo: CAE)

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