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THALES Training and Simulation will develop concepts for a ground-based training and simulation system aimed at complementing the UK’s Tempest future fighter programme. AERALIS, the British firm developing the UK’s first home-grown fast jet training aircraft since the Hawk, signed a corresponding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with THALES recently.

Within this partnership AERALIS and THALES will evaluate concepts for a common simulator system that can be used to support all phases in a future flying training system and which could be demonstrated in time for Farnborough 2022. The collaboration will also feature AERALIS and THALES working together on developing the architecture for a future common information system that will bring together data on student performance, aircraft utilisation and use of courseware to help operators configure and optimise their use of AERALIS to deliver individual training needs in the most cost-effective way.

“Partnering with a global leader such as THALES brings us a huge advantage in developing the ultimate fighter pilot training system,” said Tim Davies, AERALIS Strategy Director. “THALES’s ability to bring a next-generation simulator to complement AERALIS’s world-beating modular aircraft design will mean the UK will take the lead both capability & affordability of future military flying training.”

Daz Rawlins Obe, Thales’s Managing Director of Training and Simulation in the UK, added: “AERALIS brings a unique approach to developing an adaptable, connected and affordable aircraft system for which THALES has the ability to develop a full suite of ground-based training systems and associated embedded training. We’re very excited to be working together with AERALIS on this and in particular what this means for developing the UK aerospace and defence sector and for supporting the future combat aircraft training needs of our customers around the world.”

Dorothee Frank