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New Zealand Air Force receives NH90 simulator

NH90 simulator
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Training systems specialist CAE announced it has delivered a CAE 700MR Series NH90 simulator to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).

The delivery took place a little over two years after the two sides signed a contract for the delivery of the system in August 2018. The contract also includes long-term maintenance and support services at RNZAF Base Ohakea.

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

The CAE 700MR Series NH90 simulator will be used to train pilots for the eight NH90 helicopter ordered in 2006 and delivered in 2014. NH90 has the capability to support ground operations, conduct search and rescue missions, counter-drug operations, and counter-terrorism responses.

The CAE simulator delivers a virtual training environment ideal for rehearsing challenging tasks such as ship deck and confined area landings. It features an extreme field-of-view visual display system (240 degrees horizontal by 88 degrees vertical) with imagery generated by the Medallion-6000MR image generator.

Photo: CAE