JULY 2023 | technology report | MILITARY TRAINING
by Norbert Neumann
With a focus on on-demand operational air support and cost reduction, the partnership harnesses Aeralis' digitally engineered platform and Inzpire's training and engineering expertise.
Above: Aeralis has signed a series of partnerships recently that will all feed into the ultimate delivery of its training aircraft. (Photo: Aeralis)
As part of the MoU, the two companies will develop a common mission system architecture supporting new and unique service offerings, delivering an advanced operational training concept to fit future aviation requirements.
Aeralis says the offering will provide on-demand operational air support, which, in turn, will lower acquisition and operation costs.
Inzpire will bring training and engineering expertise to the MoU to support synthetic solutions, and it will help Aeralis understand the design and utility of the cockpit and fast jet operations in general.
The two companies will also conduct assessments of collaboration opportunities with overseas partners, analysis of the technical and performance elements of the aircraft, and evaluation of the service offering's programme requirements.
Aeralis has signed a series of partnerships recently that will all feed into the ultimate delivery of its training aircraft (partner companies include Thales UK, Atkins, Siemens, Martin-Baker and Hamble Aerostructures).
Talking to Shephard at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2023, Aeralis officials said the company's jet trainer is an entirely digitally engineered platform.
This means every single test required for the aircraft's design, development and production can be run through a digital 'ecosystem'.
A company official said the engineering has proven so effective that physical tests for the aircraft are not required for at least another 18 months. Still, Aeralis will start conducting them to prove the concept this year.
At DSEI Japan 2023, Aeralis partnered with Japanese aircraft manufacturer ShinMaywa to establish best practices in implementing digital engineering processes for aircraft design and manufacturing.
Initial works began in March when experts from the British and Japanese companies participated in an open knowledge sharing.
Aeralis was also awarded a digital engineering support service contract under the Global Combat Air Programme (GCAP).
Next article below > British Army to receive fourth Apache crew trainer
jULY 2023 | technology report | MILITARY TRAINING
by Norbert Neumann
The new device will join the three other in-service trainers, allowing the British Army to train Apache operators to fly training sorties in pairs.
Above: Boeing also provides long-term support services for the British Army’s fleet of AH-64E Apache helicopters. (Photo: UK MoD/Crown Copyright)
The UK MoD has awarded Boeing a contract for the fourth AH-64E Apache Longbow Crew Trainer (LCT).
The other three LCTs are already in use at British Army bases – two at Middle Wallop and one at Wattisham. The fourth device will be based at Wattisham Flying Station, but the exact delivery date is yet to be determined.
Talking to reporters during a press briefing at FlightSafety International at Farnborough, Jake Scott, head of training services of Boeing Defence UK, said the arrival of the new trainer will allow army personnel to fly paired training sorties at both UK Apache operating bases.
‘The Apaches fly in pair profile, and the introduction of the fourth LCT will allow the customer to fly and operate as they’ve been doing in the real environment.'
‘We are delighted to be on contract with Boeing for the provision of a fourth Longbow Crew Trainer to support aircrew training at Wattisham Flying Station,’ commented Lit Col Andy Williams, programme director for the Attack Helicopter Capability Sustainment Programme.
‘Once delivered and upgraded to a common standard with our existing devices in 2025, it will expand our ability to train aircrew in the synthetic environment enabling multi-aircraft sorties and mission rehearsals.’
Boeing also provides long-term support services for the British Army’s fleet of AH-64E Apache helicopters under an agreement that is currently set to run until 2040.