J C Menon
BAE Systems has selected the CAE Medallion MR e-Series visual system for the EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON full-mission simulators that will be supplied to the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF). BAE Systems is the prime contractor responsible for providing 24 EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON aircraft along with in-service support and training package to the QEAF. The £5.1bn contract became effective in September 2018 and also includes the supply of nine HAWK trainer aircraft and a provision of in-service support and initial training, with the first jets due to be delivered in 2022.
“BAE Systems did an exhaustive evaluation of the latest visual display systems available for fighter simulators, and we are excited by their selection of the Medallion MR e-Series to support the synthetic training capability for the QEAF,” said Thibaut Trancart, Managing Director, Defence & Security — Middle East, CAE. “The exceptional realism and immersion offered by the Medallion MR e-Series helps deliver significant training value by allowing complex and challenging fighter aircraft tasks to be rehearsed in a safe virtual environment.”
CAE will be providing four Medallion MR e-Series to BAE Systems for Qatar’s EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON simulators under contracts awarded during CAE’s fiscal year 2020 third and fourth quarters. The CAE Medallion MR e-Series Visual System is a turnkey visual system designed specifically for military fighter and fast-jet training. It includes a back-projection 360-degree dome display system, laser projectors and image generators in a fully-integrated visual solution. Available for new training systems as well as for updates to existing systems, the CAE Medallion MR e-Series is designed to deliver the industry’s most realistic and immersive virtual environment. Innovations such as electronic collimation, and 3D depth perception provide fast-jet pilots with the ideal visual solution for a range of training tasks, including formation and low-level flying, air-to-air refueling, and target identification.
According to a BAE Systems official, substantial progress has been made on the contract between the company and the Government of Qatar for the provision of TYPHOONs, HAWK trainers and a six-year availability support service. Over 50 BAE Systems employees are currently based in Qatar, with an active recruitment and development programme aiming to create careers for over 300 employees in Qatar when the first aircraft are delivered.
Flying as a Joint Squadron
In June, No.12 Squadron of the Royal Air Force marked an important milestone as it commenced flying as a joint squadron with the QEAF. Based at RAF Coningsby, No.12 Squadron is a unique initiative between the UK and Qatar and will provide the QEAF with valuable experience operating the Typhoon as they prepare to receive their first aircraft. The flags of both nations were raised at RAF Coningsby as aircraft with new squadron markings flew for the first time, signalling the squadron’s readiness to train pilots and ground crew from both air forces.
UK’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “No.12 Squadron is a testament to our enduring friendship and commitment to Qatar, the only nation with which the UK has a Joint Squadron. Together we are protecting populations and securing our mutual interests across the Middle East.”
Qatar’s Minister of State for Defence Affairs Dr Khalid bin Mohammad al Attiyah said: The first flight of No. 12 Squadron marks an important milestone in the commitment of the QEAF and the Royal Air Force to deliver on excellence.