Rheinmetall has signed a contract to modernize flight simulators for the German Army Aviation Corps’ NH90 helicopters.

For Rheinmetall, the order, signed in December, is worth a figure in the lower double-digit euro million range.

Awarded as part of the Helicopter Flight Training Systems (HFTS), the contract encompasses operation, service and maintenance through to 2027. This comes with a contractually guaranteed availability rate of at least 98%.

Founded in 2004, the company operates NH90 full-mission simulators in Bückeburg, Fassberg and Holzdorf. HFTS GmbH is a consortium in which Airbus Helicopter, CAE, Rheinmetall and Thales each hold an equal share.

The modernization project involves updating the system to match the current configuration of the NH90 (MR1). It also involves the qualification of the four simulators under EASA licensing regulations, Level C.

Rheinmetall said it possesses extensive experience and expertise with NH90 simulators. Besides flight simulators, the Group has already supplied several systems for training NH90 ground personnel. In mid 2019, an Asterion-based system of this type for the NH90-NTH naval helicopter went into operation at Nordholz Naval Air Base.

Before this, they had already supplied ground crew training systems to Fassberg. Here, German Army ground personnel are schooled in operating and maintenance procedures for the NH90 TTH in exact replicas of the cockpit.