French Army opens Tiger Simulation Centre
The French Army Light Aviation training application school (EA-ALAT) today inaugurated two helicopter simulator training centres: the Tiger simulation centre at the Franco-German Tiger training school, and the EA-ALAT simulation centre.
The Tiger simulation centre at the Franco-German Tiger training school is emblematic of the ongoing cooperation between the two countries. The facility is equipped to the highest standards, with four simulation suites, each including two full-mission simulators and two cockpit procedures trainers. The simulation systems reproduce the flight conditions of both French and German versions of the Tiger helicopter with an unprecedented level of realism.
They simulate the full complement of weapon systems and provide operational scenarios for daytime and night flights with both light-intensification and infrared equipment. The simulation systems were built by Thales jointly with the German company Rheinmettal Defence Electronics.
The EA-ALAT simulation centre houses a suite of systems developed by Thales: three Flight & Navigation Procedures Trainers (FNPT 2) for IFR (instruments flights) training on Fennec helicopters; the Edith six-seat tactical trainer, which provides 80% of the tactical training received by helicopter commanders and can be reconfigured on demand to simulate Gazelle, Puma, Tiger or NH90 helicopters; and the first EPSA combined flight and weapon system trainer to provide basic and proficiency training for helicopter pilots flying day/night combat missions and deploying a full complement of weapon systems.