Thales was selected to deliver an FNPT II (Flight and Navigation Procedures Trainer) simulator to the Royal Malaysian Air Force for the purposes of initial pilot training. The simulator, delivered to the company Gading Kasturi, has been in operation since December.
The flight and navigation training simulator for H120 helicopters is a welcome addition to the Royal Malaysian Air Force's current facilities which offer training on real helicopters and meets pilots’ specific needs in terms of flight procedure training. Besides reducing costs and limiting the environmental impact, trainee pilots are now trained in normal procedures such as navigation, instrument flight and how to handle failures as well as various emergency procedures which cannot be easily accomplished on a real helicopter.
The visual database provided with the simulator is adapted to training needs within the Malaysian environment.
Flight training, provided by the Malaysian company Gading Kasturi, takes place at the Royal Air Force College in Alor Setar, the capital of Kedah state in Peninsular Malaysia.
This first collaboration between Thales and Gading Kasturi signals the beginning of a strong partnership in the field of flight simulation and reinforces Thales’ positioning in the domain.
“Gading Kasturi has reinforced its training catalogue for pilots in the Royal Malaysian Air Force by offering access to this FNPT II simulator supplied by Thales. Thales was perfectly in tune with our needs and we hope that this successful venture will lead to more opportunities to expand pilot training in Malaysia,” said Major (Retired) Mohd Nazri Nazarudin, Gading Kasturi.
As European market leader in the field of flight simulation, Thales offers a comprehensive range of simulation products, services and solutions.
For helicopters, Thales provides solutions ranging from procedure training to complex simulators for mission-based training. The Group has delivered over 110 helicopter simulators, which are currently in service in 25 countries.
In the early 2000’s, the Thales FNPT simulator was the first to be qualified to the European standard. The light aviation service of the French Army (ALAT) and Helidax are also equipped with these simulators.
Present in Malaysia since 1980, Thales proposes solutions and technologies for Defence, Security, Transport and Aerospace. Over 250 people are employed in Malaysia, including personnel from its joint venture with the Sapura Group in the field of Communication Systems.
In the Defence Aerospace sector, Thales has been supplying advanced airborne mission systems and avionics to the Royal Malaysian Air Force both for its fighter aircrafts as well as for its other mission aircrafts. Advanced capabilities provided by such systems include maritime surveillance (AMASCOS on B200T) and target designation missions (DAMOCLES on Su-30). Thales has provided the Malaysian Ministry of Defence an enhanced national Command and Control system: Sentry® command and control system and the Ground Master 400 radar.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 64,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14.9 billion in 2016.
With over 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements.