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Contract signed for new Orion aircraft flight simulator.

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MIN 139/98


Thursday, 23 July 1998




The Department of Defence has signed a contract with Tyco Australia Pty Ltd for a new flight simulator for the AP-3C Orion long range maritime patrol aircraft squadrons based at RAAF Base Edinburgh.


The design and assembly of the new flight simulator is to be undertaken by Wormald Technology, a business unit of Tyco Australia located at Dee Why NSW. Wormald Technology has teamed with Thomson Training and Simulation in the UK, and will use Thomson’s Concept 2000 flight simulator design for the new flight simulator.


The Minister for Defence, Mr Ian McLachlan, said the decision to buy a new flight simulator followed the awarding of a contract to Raytheon E-Systems in 1995 to upgrade the existing RAAF P-3C aircraft. The existing flight simulator in operation at RAAF Base Edinburgh will become obsolete once the aircraft upgrade is completed.


The Minister said the new flight simulator would ensure that essential pilot and flight engineer flight training could continue to be conducted safely and effectively in a realistic simulated environment.


“The new flight simulator will be a valuable training resource for the RAAF, and will provide Defence with considerable benefits,” he said. “The amount of flying training conducted in aircraft will be reduced, resulting in operating cost savings.


“Military flying training also involves flight profiles that incur high aircraft fatigue damage, reducing the life of the aircraft. The new flight simulator will allow much of this type of flying training to be transferred from the aircraft, so there is also an aircraft life extension as well as a safety benefit flowing from the new flight simulator,” he said


The new AP-3C flight simulator is scheduled to be ready to commence training operations at RAAF Base Edinburgh by September 2000.


The Minister acknowledged Wormald Technology’s commitment to develop a credible simulation desiqn capability in Australia Wormald Technology established itself in the flight simulation industry with the F- 111C Mission Simulator, which was delivered to the RAAF last year and is nearing its full mission training capability.


“The award of the AP-3C flight simulator contract to Wormald Technology demonstrates the Defence Department’s confidence in Australian Industry and commitment to work. with Australian Industry to establish and maintain an indigenous simulation capability for Defence,” he said.


The RAAF operates 19 Orion long range maritime patrol aircraft from its Edinburgh base.



Further information:

Ministerial, Liz Bennett Ph 02-6277 7800 or 0419 438490

Departmental, WGCDR Geoff Northam Ph 02-6266 1898 (w) or 02-62914750 (h)