Collective & Tactical Operations Training
Following its success with the GROUNDMASTER 400 radar contract for Senegal (see here), Thales has now won a contract with the Air Force for a simulator to train Mi-17 utility and Mi-35 attack helicopters.
The simulator, which will provide aircrew with collective tactical instruction and training and offers a high degree of realism in terms of operational conditions, will be installed at the Air Force Academy at Thiès. The Senegalese armed forces are deployed in several remote operational theatres, conducting operations well beyond the scope of ‘traditional’ territorial defence: they therefore need to improve the tactical training of their helicopter pilots. In the company’s first collaboration with the Senegalese armed forces, the Thales helicopter mission trainer will allow pilots to train in a diverse array of programmable tactical scenarios, such as combat search and rescue, airland, naval operations or even commando insertion and/or extraction.
Thanks to a high definition visual database and to a rich and powerful synthetic environment, the flexible, modular trainer can be configured to allow individual pilot and commander training as well as training of entire aircrews for collective operations, such as multi-crew and multi-platform coordination and combined arms deployments.
“These training tools of the future have been developed using Thales’ state-of-the-art technologies to enable highly effective instruction and training. The Senegalese armed forces will benefit from a training system perfectly matching the tactical training requirements of helicopter pilots, reconstructing operational conditions with a high degree of realism,” commented the Air Force Chief of Staff of Senegalese Forces, Gen. Joseph M. Diop.