The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded a multi-million pound contract to supply the first full-flight simulator (FFS) for the Royal Air Force A400M military transport aircraft, recently designated Atlas by the European purchasing nations.
The FFS employs state-of-the-art visual and motion technology developed and produced by Thales UK at its facility in Crawley, West Sussex.
It is expected that a contract for a further FFS will follow, with both simulators being delivered to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. They will be maintained through a training service by a joint venture company comprising Thales and Airbus Military.
Marion Broughton, head of Thales UK’s military aerospace business, says: “This order confirms Thales as a leading military training service provider for the UK MoD. The order secures more than 50 jobs for Thales UK and its supply chain, and a further 300 UK jobs expected to be secured once the long-term training service is in place”.
Thales, as a long-standing Airbus partner, is the main supplier of the A400M’s cockpit display systems. Its technology can also be found throughout the aircraft’s avionics system, covering navigation, flight controls, electrical systems and utilities such as door management systems.
Thales UK provides military training and simulation services for a number of the MoD’s aircraft, both rotary and fixed-wing, including the Lynx helicopter, the Tornado GR4 and Voyager (Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft).
This follows on from orders for FFS from Spain, France and Germany.
Source: Thales Group (Paris: HO.PA)
Date: Jul 11, 2012