by Staff Writers
Madrid (UPI) Aug 10, 2011
Spanish information Technology company Indra is working with AgustaWestland for the design and development of aircrew training equipment.
The equipment is for the British Ministry of Defense, which will use it to train pilots of the new AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter.
The devices will be operational and in service to provide training for the British army from early 2013 and for the British navy from early 2014.
The contract positions Indra into the British simulation market as a reference supplier for one of their most representatives' platforms. Under the deal, Indra will provide state-of-the-art synthetic training technology, including two full mission simulators, a flight training device and cockpit procedures trainer.
All devices will be capable of delivering army or navy conversion and mission training. Each of the Full Mission Simulators has movement freedom and reproduces the vibrations of the aircraft during flight in order to provide the feeling of actual flight.
The simulators comply with the Joint Aviation Requirements (JAR-FSTD-H) standards, level D, the highest realistic training available.
Indra training devices will be installed in the Training Center AgustaWestland is building in southwestern England, alongside navy and army AW159 Lynx Wildcat squadrons.
The AW159 is the latest twin-engine multi-role, maritime and utility helicopter developed as a replacement for earlier AgustaWestland Lynx helicopters. The aircraft was chosen by the United Kingdom to meet maritime attack, surveillance and land reconnaissance requirements.
Also available to the international marketplace, the platform is equipped with a comprehensive and highly capable integrated avionics suite, which includes state-of-the art radar, electro-optical imaging and electronic surveillance measures and an integrated self-defense suite.
All these systems for navy and army applications will be simulated and integrated into the simulators to provide realistic training.
"This contract reaffirms Indra's position as a major supplier of helicopter simulators in the international market and strengthens its relationship with AgustaWestland, one of the main manufacturers of this type of aircraft worldwide," Indra said.
Indra is ranked as the second European company in its sector according to investment in research and development. The company employs more than 31,000 people and has clients in more than 110 countries.
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