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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Thales Awarded Eurocopter Simulator Contract

Thales was selected by Eurocopter to produce a second N3 Dauphin flight simulator for its Dauphin helicopter. This simulator will be operational from 2012 at Eurocopter’s South East Asia facility, Thales said Tuesday.

According to Thales, the N3 Dauphin flight simulator has been designed to meet the training needs of Eurocopter and its civil and military customers in Southeast Asia, a market with promising growth potential for this sector. It will obtain Flight Training Device (FTD) Level 3 and Full Flight Simulator (FFS) Level B approval under EASA/JAA/FAA criteria. The N3 Dauphin will also be used to provide training for more specific assignments, such as offshore operations, search and rescue and emergency medical services.

The simulator will feature an electric cabin motion platform and a dome-mounted direct-projection visual system with wide field of view, combined with geospecific imagery from the ThalesView image generator. It will also feature a flight model with rotor blade elements, developed by Eurocopter on the basis on specific flight trials.

“The launch of this second Dauphin simulator programme gives a further boost to our partnership with Eurocopter,” says Pierre Segretain, managing director of Thales’s simulation business in France.

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