13-Feb-2015 Source: Indra
The Arms and Materials General Board (DGAM) for the Spanish Ministry of Defense has chosen Indra to provide an integrated training system for the EC135 helicopter; this project will be worth €14.4m.
This system is comprised of the following: level D mission simulator, which reproduces aircraft flight behavior accurately; simulation support systems; and a computer-assisted trainer that will provide support to learning about helicopter systems and flight and maintenance procedures.
This system will be implemented in the Spanish Ground Forces Simulation Center (CESIFAMET) at Base Coronel Maté in Colmenar Viejo (Madrid).
This training solution for EC135 will be compatible with the Chinook, Cougar and Tiger simulators previously provided by Indra. This compatibility refers to interoperability and compatible visual and tactical databases in the various simulators. In this way, FAMET pilots will be able to train together in a virtual environment and prepare for real operations.
The Spanish Ground Forces currently have 12 EC135 helicopter units, which are called HE-26 in their flight training version.
This contract strengthens Indra’s collaboration with the Ground Forces. The company has already provided a Simulation Center, shared between the bases at Colmenar and Almagro, which has become a benchmark in Europe and is chosen as a training center for different allied armies.
Indra has exported this EC135 helicopter simulator, developed for Airbus Helicopters, to several countries. For instance, it is currently used in Dallas (USA), Donauwörth (Germany), Warsaw (Poland) and Kobe (Japan).
The EC135 is a helicopter model suitable for emergency medical services, police (surveillance, traffic control), offshore platform services, corporate/VIP transport and military training.
Indra is one of the world leading simulator manufacturers. The company has provided 200 simulators to 23 countries and 51 customers. In terms of military training systems, it should be noted that Indra has contributed to the development of simulators of the most advanced European platforms such as Eurofighter and A400M. It has also provided simulators for the US Navy Harrier AV-8B II, and is currently working to develop the simulator of the AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter for the British Ministry of Defense.
Indra, Chaired by Fernando Abril-Martorell, is the leading multinational technology and consulting company in Spain and one of the leading companies in Europe and Latin America. Innovation represents the cornerstone of its business and sustainability. In the last three years it has spent more than €570 million on R&D&i, making it one of the biggest European investors in the industry. With a revenue of approximately €3 billion, 61% of its income is generated by the international market. The company has 43,000 employees and clients in 138 countries.