Indra to develop third NH90 simulator for the Spanish Armed Forces

Indra to develop third NH90 simulator for the Spanish Armed Forces

3-Feb-2023 Source: Indra

Indra has been awarded the development and supply of a new FMS (Full Mission Simulator) simulator for the most modern helicopter of the Armed Forces, the NH90, for the Spanish Air and Space Force, for an amount of 19.2 million euros .

This is the third simulator of these characteristics that the company has developed, destined for the Cuatro Vientos air base in Madrid, on this occasion, and which will be added to the two already operating at CESIHEL, one of the helicopter simulation centers most advanced in Europe, implemented by Indra for the Air Force of the Army at the Agoncillo base (La Rioja).

One of the important features of the architecture of this state-of-the-art NH90 simulator is that it is based on the use of real on-board avionics equipment, providing the greatest realism in training and ensuring that future aircraft evolutions are easily replicable in the FMS.

Thanks to this fidelity to the aircraft and its behavior, the simulator will reduce by 40% the hours of real flight necessary to guarantee the best training and training of the pilots, as well as the advanced tactical training of the crews to face the missions with the highest safety and efficiency and interoperating with a multitude of systems, just as it happens in reality.

This is made possible by the simulator’s ability to recreate all-threat scenarios within any imaginable training condition, avoiding putting people and the aircraft at risk, and allowing pilots and crew to practice complex maneuvers and manage stress. in emergency situations.

The simulator also accurately reproduces all possible weather conditions, both day and night, and allows the use of the helicopter’s actual Image Intensifier Tubes (IITs) for simulation in GVN flights.

Another functionality of the FMS system is a network simulation architecture, based on the HLA (High Level Architecture) standard, which allows joint tactical training of a mission from several simulators simultaneously, located in different bases and with different aircraft models and platforms. In this way, the pilots of the NH90 helicopter can train in the same mission from different bases, to which Cuatro Vientos in Madrid will be added thanks to the new simulator.

“Beyond instructing in the proper handling of an aircraft, joint tactical training is increasingly important, which allows professionals to prepare for the fulfillment of the mission in an environment similar to the real one, interacting with other crews and becoming familiar with the increasingly numerous and complex systems that make up the combat cloud. Thanks to the commitment of the Ministry of Defense to incorporate the latest technologies in terms of simulation of Armed Forces helicopters, the NH90 simulator has already demonstrated its effectiveness in this regard”, explains Rafael Junco, Simulation Director at Indra.

Advanced and sustainable technology

Due to the complexity of the NH90 and its advanced electronic defense systems, also developed by the company, Indra is one of the few companies in the world that offers training solutions for this aircraft, which is currently being used by more than a dozen armies. .

In addition to reducing the risks of training, these solutions avoid huge operating costs, reduce maintenance work by more than 33% and save the atmosphere from a significant volume of emissions, reducing the carbon footprint. In fact, the use of all Indra simulators deployed around the world contributes to an environmental improvement of more than 500,000 tons of CO2 per year.

International leadership in simulation

With more than 200 simulators delivered to more than 50 clients in more than 20 countries, Indra continues to strengthen itself as one of the main simulator manufacturers in the world and as a pioneer company in the incorporation of virtual reality, augmented reality and new technologies. digital to simulation.

It has extensive experience in the development of mission simulators for aircraft such as the Eurofighter, the Airbus A330 MRTT, the Airbus A400M, as well as Level D civil simulators such as the A330, A320, Boeing 737 or the ATR 72. It is also a one of the companies that has developed simulators for the largest number of helicopters, including the NH90, Tiger, Cougar, Chinook, Blackhawk, Seahawk, AW159 Wildcat and MH53, as well as the civil models of the EC135, H135, H225, H175 , AS350, H145, EC145, Bell212, Bell412 and Sikorsky S76.

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