Priority 1 Air Rescue to Provide Synthetic SAR Training to French Defense

10 February 2023

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Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR), a helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) and Tactical mission operational training and support provider, has been awarded a multi-year contract by French Ministry of Armed Forces Command. The company will provide virtual SAR, Tactical, Aerial Use of Force/Gunnery, and NVIS simulation and training support services for helicopter aircrews operating the H225M, AS532, SA330, NH90, AS565, H125M, and AS342 Gazelle. The training will take place at the P1AR Search and Rescue Tactical Training Academy (SART/TAC) located in Bordeaux, France.

The comprehensive instructor-led and simulation training package will be provided for initial to advanced level aircrews to include mission training for inland/maritime hoist SAR, shipboard operations, external sling load, aerial sniper-M240/M134/GAU21 gunnery, and FLIR/Night Vision Goggle (NVG) operations, to be performed in all weather conditions and relevant geographical environments. Training will incorporate pilot and rear-crew SAR mission synthetic sessions using two Advanced Aircrew Mission Simulators (AAMS) that will be integrated with tactile learning on three multi-aircraft configured hoist/fast-rope training towers in order to provide technical and procedural hoist operations practice.

“This second 4-year contract demonstrates the importance French Ministry of the Armed Forces has for innovative and effective training solutions employing synthetic technology,” said Steve Barreau Chief Operations Officer of Priority 1 Air Rescue France. “Employing a virtual simulation component provides not only realistic immersion, but more importantly, a more graduated learning process that also includes accurate context to the skills and scenarios being practiced and employed during actual live flight, which will significantly enhance our partners’ ability to train for their complete range of missions.


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