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CPA 496/07 Thursday, 13 December, 2007


A suite of aircrew and ground training devices for the Army’s new Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH Tiger) was handed over by the prime contractor, Australian Aerospace Pty Ltd, at a ceremony at the Army Aviation Training Centre (AAvnTC), Oakey, today.

The suite of devices includes a state of the art Full Flight and Mission Simulator (FFMS), a Gun System Trainer, Centre Fuselage Trainer, Underwater Escape Trainer, and Environmental Control System Trainer. All of the devices will be located at the AAvnTC with the exception of the Underwater Escape Trainer which will be installed at Darwin.

The Chief Executive Officer of Australian Aerospace, Mr Joseph Saporito said, "We knew from the beginning that the program was going to be very challenging because the Tiger is a very complex flying system to simulate.

“But thanks to great team work and team spirit, we have achieved our goals and today's handover will enable Army to significantly increase its training capacity to produce aircrews which have been well prepared for their tasks in a safe and efficient manner,” he said.

The simulator and trainers were handed to Brigadier Andrew Dudgeon, Director General Army Aviation Systems, on behalf of the Defence Materiel Organisation for use by the Army.

“The Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter is an exciting new platform for the Australian Defence Force providing both reconnaissance and light attack capabilities in support of ground troops,” Brigadier Dudgeon said.

“The FFMS is a state of the art flight simulator with two separate modules replicating the front and back cockpits of the ARH Tiger.

“The suite of Ground Training Devices allows us to teach our maintainers and ground handlers most of the skills they need before they touch a real aircraft.”

Training of air and ground crews has begun at the AAvnTC, while the ARH Tiger is expected to be introduced into operational service in mid-2008.

Media Note:

Imagery will be available this afternoon at http://www.defence.gov.au/media/download/index.cfm

Further information:

Paul Lineham, Defence Public Affairs (07) 3233 4210 or (0408) 972 329
Defence Media Liaison (02) 6265 3343 or (0408) 498 664


Issued by Coordination and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT