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Thales systems onboard Airbus A400M with French and German signing training agreement.

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Thales systems onboard Airbus A400M with French and German signing training agreement.
 
The heads of the French and German air forces are signing up for a joint training program for the Airbus A400M airlifter.After the ceremony the two Air Forces agreed that maintenance technicians from both countries for the aircraft will be trained at Wunstorf airbase in Germany starting in summer 2015, along with crew type training and logistical mission training, and that crew training for tactical missions will take place at the A400M training center at Orleans airbase, France, with Armée de l'Air (FAF) starting its crew training in 2014. The Germans will only joined them in 2018.
     
The heads of the French and German air forces are signing up for a joint training program for the Airbus A400M airlifter.The A400M uses dual technologies to give pilots advanced functions that currently do not exist on other aircraft in this category. It is designed to certification standards for civil airspace and, when necessary, to military specification requirements. Thales, as a long-standing Airbus partner, is supplying most of the A400M’s cockpit systems
A400M cockpit - simulator - (photo credit: Airbus Military)
     

The A400M uses dual technologies to give pilots advanced functions that currently do not exist on other aircraft in this category. It is designed to certification standards for civil airspace and, when necessary, to military specification requirements.

Thales, as a long-standing Airbus partner, is supplying most of the A400M’s cockpit systems: the Head-Down and Head- Up Displays, Control Display System and Flight Management System. Thales technology can also be found throughout the aircraft’s avionics system: IMA suite, multimode navigation, electrical systems and utilities such door management systems.

Thales is also providing the TopOwl Helmet-Mounted Sight and Display (HMSD) which was selected by the Organisation for Joint Armaments Cooperation (OCCAR) for flight testing on the A400M. These tests subsequently confirmed its excellent compatibility with the military airlifter for night missions. TopOwl is the only HMSD system in service to incorporate a night vision function. It offers the same performance as the latest generation of night vision goggles but provides a significantly higher level of comfort: the centre of gravity of the helmet is very close to that of the pilot’s head, overcoming the pendulum effect and enabling pilots to fly long missions in complete safety

Thales is a leading training service provider for the A400M, with a contract to provide several Full Flight Simulators and Flat Panel Trainers.
Thales has so far been contracted to supply four A400M Full Flight Simulators and two Flat Panel Flight Training devices for Spain, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. The first full flight simulator was delivered to Airbus Military’s training school in Seville, Spain at the end of 2012.