German and Portuguese Navy Sea Lynx helicopter trainees and pilots have received upgraded simulators from the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA).
The Joint Lynx Simulator Training Establishment (JLSTE) received new projectors, a new Mylar screen, and an editor to load and modify aeronautical data, such as navigation and communication data for the flight simulation.
According to NSPA, the upgrade was successfully completed in less than a year: all the software coded and the hardware physically installed and integrated on the simulator hosted on the German Naval Air Wing 5 site. Despite COVID-19 travel restrictions, all technicians and engineers from Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany managed to be on-site to achieve the system to be “ready-for-training”.
The JLSTE is used by the German and the Portuguese Navy to train their Sea Lynx flight crews. During the on-site acceptance tests, both, the German head of the simulator center and the head of the Portuguese delegation, expressed their satisfaction with NSPA for the quality of the work. Both stated that “The training possibilities have been increased to a new dimension. The excellent black level of the new visual allows the first time a real training of night scenarios.”
NSPA said it is currently also working on similar projects, such as the acquisition of an NH90 flight simulator and an upgrade for the MK41 Sea King Flight simulator.