Expansion of the BAE Systems Typhoon Training Facility at RAF Lossiemouth has officially come to a close, the Royal Air Force has announced.
Upgrades to the Typhoon flight simulation training system will now enable RAF Lossiemouth squadrons to train in a four aircraft formation or ‘4 ship’ – a staple of flight operations.
Until recently RAF Lossiemouth squadrons were required to travel to RAF Coningsby to perform ‘4 ship’ exercises in the simulators there or ‘live fly’, placing unnecessary strain on aircraft, fuel and support resources and leaving pilots at the mercy of the Moray climate.
Now, with two Emulated Deployable Cockpit Trainers (EDCT) or flight simulators, the squadrons can execute high quality training missions involving all of the requisite assets and systems – saving on time and resources.
According to Air Commodore Ian Duguid, Typhoon Force Commander: “The two additional EDCTs at the Typhoon Training Facility (North) provide RAF Lossiemouth with an organic ‘4 ship’ training capability which will enable pilots to undertake the most demanding mission scenarios.
“Flying challenging missions in the simulator provides an excellent learning environment for our pilots to hone their skills. Having recently flown in a ‘4 ship’ mission at TTF(N), I can say first-hand how important it is that this capability has been delivered. My thanks go to the Whole Force team that worked tirelessly to install the additional devices in record time.”
The expansion was overseen by a ‘Whole Force’ team comprised of personnel from Defence Equipment & Support, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Aircrew Training Simulation Systems at BAE Systems, the Typhoon Training Facility team itself and on-site supply chain specialists.
John Bromehead, General Manager for BAE Systems at RAF Lossiemouth, added: “The delivery of this programme is a showcase of our whole force commitment to deliver effective and efficient support for our Royal Air Force colleagues. Working together is a key concept of the Typhoon training contract and we continue to deliver effectively as one enterprise.”
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