Beca, with the support of Leonardo and Virtual Simulation Systems (VSS), has been selected to upgrade the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) AW109 LUH helicopter simulator and provide ongoing through life support programs.
This partnership model with Leonardo and Virtual Simulation Systems (the original equipment manufacturers) will bring the best of international expertise to New Zealand while complementing Beca's proven experience for local operations and maintenance capability experience. Together, this will deliver a comprehensive technology upgrade and provide local through life support to NZDF for helicopter flight training.
NZDF, in turn, needs a trusted a reliable simulator to be available at any time for the training of their pilots. Beca has been delivering this support onsite at Ohakea Air Base for the last 10 years and this new partnership model will allow Defence to outsource that support completely, freeing NZDF staff for operational support of the aircraft.
Leonardo will be providing the technical design and will work with Beca to ensure the flight simulator upgrade installation is delivered successfully. Leonardo will also provide ongoing engineering and supply chain support over the next ten years.
VSS will be providing crewman simulation technology upgrade including AR/vR elements and engineering support.