MH-60S simulator

The US Navy’s first upgraded MH-60S Sierra operational flight trainer (OFT) has re-entered service, following successful completion of a major upgrade and technology refresh at Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, near San Diego in California, US.

Incorporating new technologies, the Lockheed Martin-built MH-60S OFT has been entirely upgraded by CAE, to ensure concurrency with other MH-60S training devices as well as the operational MH-60S helicopters.

CAE USA president and general manager John Lenyo said the company worked with the navy to complete the major technology refresh on the original MH-60S operational flight trainer on-schedule, while ensuring minimum training downtime.

The company will continue to provide technologies to help the navy lower risk, reduce costs and prepare helicopter aircrews for mission success, Lenyo added.

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Upgrades to the fixed-based MH-60S OFT include the addition of motion seats, installation of upgraded image generator visual system and a new Barco CD2260 visual display system.

"Incorporating new technologies, the Lockheed Martin-built MH-60S OFT has been entirely upgraded by CAE."

Additionally, the company conducted engineering updates to re-architect the hardware and software computing designs to bring MH-60S OFT to a common architecture with the navy’s suite of CAE-built MH-60S training devices.

Work on the MH-60S training programme was started in June 2004 by CAE, which is the prime contractor for the US Navy for the development of MH-60S OFTs and weapons tactics trainers (WTTs), as well as MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers (TOFTs).

The company has delivered seven MH-60S OFTs and five MH-60S WTTs for the US Navy to date.

Image: The US Navy’s fixed-based MH-60S operational flight trainer at NAS North Island, San Diego, California, US. Photo courtesy of CAE.

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