The Naval Air Training Centre, established by Havelsan under the turn-key Helicopter Simulator (HelSim) Project, was inaugurated on December 17, 2010 during a ceremony at Naval Air Base Command located at Cengiz Topel Air Base of the Turkish Navy in Kocaeli.
Featuring a Havelsan-built S-70B SeaHawk ASW/ASuW Full Mission Simulator (FMS), an S-70B Sea-Hawk Cockpit Procedures Trainer (CPT), three Computer Based Training (CBT) Classrooms, one Ground Control Station, a Sensor Operator Trainer (to replicate the back-end of the helicopter for training sensor operators) and other associated subsystems, the Naval Air Training Centre will provide flight training services for pilots, co-pilots and tactical/acoustical (AN/AAS-44 FLIR, AN/APS-143(V)3 radar and Hel-RAS dipping sonar) sensor operators to fly the S-70B SeaHawks in the inventory of the Turkish Navy. The centre has been designed to support all the training requirements of naval pilots and technical flight personnel following the “modern academy concept” on a turn-key basis. The facility is also fitted for (but not with) a second FMS that can be configured for either S-70B SeaHawk helicopters or ATR 72/500 ASW MPAs.
Havelsan is the Prime Contractor of the HelSim Project, covering the production and delivery of Helicopter Training Centres for both the TLF and TNF Commands and logistic support (including the construction of facilities, maintenance and operation with 96% operational readiness for a period of 36 months) under a contract valued at around US$90 million, awarded in June 2005 by the SSM. The Helicopter Training Centre, with two S-70A-28D and D-SAR BlackHawk FMSs, a S-70A-28D BlackHawk CPT and CBTs as well as other associated equipment, established for the TLF at the Army Aviation School in Ankara, is expected to be inaugurated officially in the first quarter of 2011. Under the HelSim Project, Havelsan is working with a total of 45 local and foreign subcontractors, with a local content share of around 70%. Havelsan has passed around 40% of the work share on to such local subcontractors as Aselsan, TAI, KaleTron Software, IntaSpace Systems, ETA, Gate Electronics, Ayesaş 2U Informatics Technologies and MilSoft.
The S-70B SeaHawk FMS, CPT and Sensor Operator Trainer (SOT) precisely recreates the cockpit and the back-end of SeaHawk helicopters, which are used on the frigates of the Turkish Navy. The cockpit avionics of the simulators have been delivered by Aselsan. The FMS and CBT will be used to train pilots in adjustment, emergencies, refresher courses, combat readiness and maintenance/test pilot training. The systems will simulate normal and emergency situations on the platform and its onboard systems. The SeaHawk FMS has been developed by Havelsan in accordance with UK Civil Aviation Authority Level D standards and is composed of a Cockpit, Trainer Console, Voice Simulation/Intercom System, 6-axis Motion System, In-Cockpit Vibration and Buffer Platform, 5-Channel Visual System (with an unique 220° X 60°[+21.5°/-38.5°] panorama display to support both NVG and FLIR training for the aircrews), Safety Systems, Power Supplies, Debriefing System and Technical Support Systems.
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