Australia: The Australian Government has approved the purchase of a modern helicopter training system for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The helicopter aircrew training system (HATS) will be designed to better prepare Australian Army and Navy aircrew as they switch to the ADF's current combat helicopter fleet. "This will deliver a fully integrated modern training environment with both in-flight and virtual environments on contemporary twin-engine helicopters and flight simulators.These will prepare both the navy and army for the new generation of advanced combat helicopters such as the Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter, MRH-90 Taipan, MH 60R Seahawk Romeo and our new CH-47F Chinook Foxtrots,” said David Johnston, Australian Defence Minister.
Boeing Defence Australia has been named as the preferred partner for HATS, which will include a purpose-designed syllabi based on 15 Airbus EC-135 'glass cockpit' training helicopters, three full-motion Thales EC 135 flight simulators and a flight deck from the Albatross. The approval allocates more than USD 700 million for HATS, including approximately USD200 million in new and refurbished facilities on the navy's new sea-going training vessel. The joint service approach is expected to benefit the ADF by lowering the training burden on operational aircraft and enhancing navy and army operations for the new amphibious ships.
Source: Minister Defence Australia