AERALIS Ltd signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with THALES to develop concepts for a ground-based training and simulation system aimed at complementing the UK’s Tempest future fighter programme, bolstering the UK aerospace & defence sector and strengthening prospects for UK defence exports.

AERALIS and THALES will evaluate concepts for a common simulator system that can be used to support all phases in a future flying training system. The collaboration will also feature AERALIS and THALES working together on developing the architecture for a future common Information System that will bring together data on student performance, aircraft utilization, and use of courseware to help operators configure and optimise their use of AERALIS to deliver individual training needs in the most cost-effective way.

THALES brings design & build expertise in training system design, simulator development and delivery of ground-based training services that will complement AERALIS's existing collaborations with aircraft service providers.

For AERALIS, the collaboration offers the opportunity to advance the production of its suite of jet trainers, which will be fully customisable in terms of engines, outer wings and avionics. Adopting a unique modular concept built around a common, robust, long-life fuselage core, end-users will be able to configure their fleet of training aircraft to match the precise needs of their trainee pilots at any point in time – from basic through to lead-in fighter training.