Airbus has awarded Thales a contract for two new A400M military training simulators for French and German air forces.
The delivery of simulators will be in 2019 for French air force and 2020 for German air force.
The two new simulators will enable A400M crews to train in complex missions such as in-flight refuelling and low-level tactical operations in a safe environment. So far, Thales has previously delivered five orders for A400M FFS and two Flat Panel Flight - Training Devices to France, Germany, the UK and the International Training Center in Sevilla and a sixth FFS will be delivered to Spain in 2018.
“Thales is proud to have received such long-standing commitment from Airbus and we will continue to provide high-quality simulators to enable flight crews to train for their missions. Thales is committed to supporting the Airbus A400M platform through its development cycle with Airbus”. Stephen McCann, Vice President, Avionics activities at Thales in the UK In the UK, A400M Training Services Ltd (ATSL), a joint venture company formed by Thales and Airbus, manages the training, support services and maintenance at the Royal Air Force at Brize Norton training school in Oxfordshire. In 2017, the training school has already trained over 24 pilots, 20 loadmasters and 204 engineers.
Thales is the only provider of A400M Flight Simulators through OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’ARmement). In France, Thales is also an Airbus industrial partner for support operations at the Airbus A400M training centre on the French Air Force’s Orléans-Bricy 123 base.
Airbus is considering slowing down the production rate of the A400M military transport aircraft to lengthen activity at the final assembly line in Seville and gain time to get new customers. The company has a backlog of 174 aircraft and has delivered 46 units, ABC De Sevilla reported Saturday
Malaysia has received the fourth and final Airbus A400M aircraft at the Airbus final assembly plant in Seville, Spain. Malaysian deputy Defense Minister DS Johari Baharom signed an acceptance document marking the clearance to embark the ferry flight to Subang on March 12, Malaysian Defence reported Wednesday
Airbus Defence and Space has delivered to the German Air Force its first A400M transport aircraft qualified for tactical operations and able to fly in areas subject to military threats. The aircraft is the sixth A400M in German service and the first with the new capabilities in addition to the world-leading performance of all A400Ms as strategic transports
Germany has grounded two of its three A400M military transport planes delivered by Airbus Group SE due to newly discovered gearbox issues on their turboprop engines. Airbus is already due to replace one of the four engines on the first aircraft in coming days, the ministry said
The Spanish Air Force has taken the delivery of second of 27 A400Ms turboprop military transport aircraft from Airbus. The Directorate General of armaments and Material (DGAM) delivered the aircraft to the Spanish Air Force at the Airbus factory in Seville, the defense ministry reported Friday
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