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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