C4iSR: Air

ADF HATS training system achieves IOC

02 April 2019

The Australian Defence Force's (ADF's) joint helicopter aircrew training system (HATS) for army and navy personnel has achieved initial operating capability (IOC) 15 months after commencement of the first 26-week course.

"At an acquisition cost of AUD436 million (USD305 million), HATS has delivered a modern helicopter training system for Defence which has the ability to train up to 144 helicopter pilots, aircrew, and aviation warfare officers each year," Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said in a statement on 1 April.

The training system is operated within the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) 723 Squadron at HMAS Albatross in Nowra south of Sydney and utilises 15 twin-engine Airbus Helicopter EC-135T2+ helicopters, three Thales full flight simulators, and the RAN's 2,935-tonne civilian-crewed multirole aviation training vessel MV Sycamore .

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