Indra has secured a 19.2-million-euro ($20.8 million) contract to construct and deliver an NH90 helicopter full mission simulator for the Spanish Air and Space Force.
The simulator will be integrated into the Spanish Armed Force’s Cuatro Vientos air base in Madrid.
It will operate alongside the existing Indra-built NH90 simulators at the Spanish Army’s CESIHEL helicopter training center in Colmenar Viejo and the Agoncillo military base in La Rioja.
“Beyond instructing in the proper handling of an aircraft, joint tactical training is increasingly important… interacting with other crews and becoming familiar with the increasingly numerous and complex systems that make up the combat cloud,” Indra Simulation Director Rafael Junco stated.
“Thanks to the commitment of the Ministry of Defense to incorporate the latest technologies in the simulation of Armed Forces helicopters, the NH90 simulator has already demonstrated its effectiveness in this regard.”
Indra’s NH90 Simulator
The NH90 provides a realistic training environment and practice configurations with various aircraft systems.
It is equipped with actual avionics for pilots to replicate scenarios efficiently and safely.
The platform is also programmed with multiple combat settings that project different threats for complex maneuvers and emergency handling rehearsals.
Image intensifier tubes for digital screens and night-vision goggles support day, night, and all-weather scenarios.
Indra claims its NH90 simulator reduces flight hours by 40 percent, as required when using an actual chopper.
“In addition to reducing the risks of training, these solutions avoid huge operating costs, reduce maintenance work by more than 33 percent and save the atmosphere from a significant volume of emissions, reducing the carbon footprint,” the company said.
“In fact, the use of all Indra simulators deployed around the world contributes to an environmental improvement of more than 500,000 tons of CO2 per year.”