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First Eurofighter-Simulator delivered to German Air Force

German Air Force ready for Pilot Training

Athens, 01 October 2002

The first Eurofighter-Simulator was delivered August 1st, 2002, by EADS Military Aircraft. The German Air Force is now as the first of the four Eurofighter partner air force ready for pilot training.

The new simulator will first be used for the Instructor Pilot Training starting in April 2003 at EADS Military Aircraft in Manching. In Autumn 2003 the simulator and the first aircraft will be transfered to the first German Eurofighter wing, Jagdgeschwader 73 in Laage near Rostock, with training of the Wing’s pilots to be conducted there.

EADS Military Aircraft developed and built the system in just one year after contract signature. „The new simulator is a step towards the full mission simulator to be introduced by the air forces from 2004 onwards and therefore designated Interim Training Device. It is an advanced procedure trainer, tailored to the first steps of pilot training with special emphasis on procedure and weapons training“, explains project leader Dr. Pe-ter Hunkel.

The pilot “flies” in a cockpit that mirrors the actual air-craft. „The simulator consists of a cockpit, a three channel visual system (150° azimuth, 40° elevation) and an instructor console“, describes Markus Schmid, technical head of the project. The instructor console is connected with a Debriefing-Recorder for evaluation of the simulated flights.

The flight simulation envelope will later alos be used in the full mission simulators. It simulates complex air-to-air scenarios with up to ten friendly or enemy targets like fighter aircraft, helicopters or tankers.

Delivery of the first Eurofighter to the German Air Force is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2002.

EADS is a global aerospace and defense leader, and the world's second largest in terms of revenues. EADS maintains a workforce of more than 100,000 and is a market leader in defence technologies, commercial aircraft, helicopters, space, military transport and com-bat aircraft, as well as related services. Its family of leading brands includes the commercial aircraft maker Airbus; Eurocopter, the world's largest helicopter manufacturer; Astrium, the space company and MBDA, the world's second largest missile company. EADS is also the biggest partner in the Eurofighter consortium and heads the A400M military transport aircraft programme. EADS has more than 70 facilities in France, Germany, Spain and the UK. It is active in markets around the world, including the U.S. and Asia.
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