CAE has been contracted by NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) to perform a comprehensive upgrade on the German Navy‘s Sea King MK41 helicopter simulator, located at the Nordholz Naval Airbase.
Under the contract, a full-mission simulator is due to replace the existing Sea King instrument flight rules (IFR) training device originally manufactured by CAE in the mid-1970s.
CAE vice-president and general manager Ian Bell said: "For over 40 years, CAE has had a great relationship with the German Navy on the Sea King training programme and we are pleased to be selected to continue our partnership with this major upgrade programme.
"The operational requirements placed on the Sea King helicopter as it nears the end of its planned service life are driving the German Navy to increase the use of simulation as part of the training programme. This simulator upgrade will enable significantly more simulation-based training for Sea King helicopter aircrews, including ship deck landing and night vision goggle training."
It will include a range of upgrades which will feature the incorporation of the latest-generation CAE Medallion-6000 image generator with common database (CDB) architecture, enhanced synthetic and tactical environment simulation software; new vibration system, an enhanced instructor operator station and a new brief/debrief station.
The upgraded Sea King MK King MK41 full-mission simulator is expected to be deployed for training next year.
Powered by two RR Gnome H1400-1 1660shp engines, the 16m-long Sea King MK41 helicopters were ordered by Germany to replace H-34G and SH-34J Helicopters.
Image: An image of German Navy’s Sea King MK41 helicopter. Photo: courtesy of Bthebest.