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CAE to support Kiwi helo training

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The first flight of a RNZAF NH90 Helicopter (Source New Zealand Defence Force)

CAE has announced that it would be providing the Royal New Zealand Air Force with a 700MR Series NH90 flight training device (FTD).

CAE has announced that it would be providing the Royal New Zealand Air Force with a 700MR Series NH90 flight training device (FTD).

The CAE 700 Mission Reality (MR) Series FTD offers an immersive and realistic training environment in a fixed-base platform that includes a dynamic seat for vibration and motion cueing. The RNZAF NH90 simulator will feature the CAE Medallion-6000XR image generator and an extreme field-of-view visual display system (240 degrees horizontal by 88 degrees vertical) ideal for practicing and rehearsing high-risk maneuvers such as ship deck and confined area landings. 

The contract also includes the provision of long-term maintenance and support services upon delivery of the simulator to RNZAF Base Ohakea in 2020. The contract for the CAE 700MR Series NH90 FTD and through-life support services, including options, is valued at more than NZ$58 million.

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NZ Minister for Defence Ron Mark said, "Increased use of New Zealand-based simulators is the best way to train and sustain the number of pilots in the fleet. The availability of in-country simulator-based flight training will reduce the need to use NH90s for training flights, ensuring the helicopters are available for more operational tasking."

CAE recently launched the new 700MR Series FTD at the Farnborough Airshow. The CAE 700MR is designed specifically for military helicopter flight and mission training.

"We are pleased the New Zealand Defence Force has once again placed its trust and confidence in CAE to deliver a high-fidelity training system and comprehensive training support services that will contribute to the mission readiness of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s NH90 helicopter aircrews," said Ian Bell, CAE vice president and general manager, Asia-Pacific/Middle East. 

CAE currently provides the NZDF with training support services on a range of platforms, including the T-6C ground-based training systems at RNZAF Base Ohakea and the SH-2G(I) helicopter training systems located at RNZAF Base Auckland.