• CAE DEFENCE AND SECURITY - Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF), United Kingdom

  • The Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) – United Kingdom has been developed by CAE in consultation with the UK Ministry of Defence. Responsible for the design, construction and financing of the facility that opened in 1999, CAE operates the MSHATF under a 40-year private finance initiative (PFI) contract. Equipped with six full-mission simulators configured for CH-47 Chinook, EH101 Merlin and Puma helicopters, the MSHATF is delivering the total spectrum of synthetic aircrew training demanded by the Royal Air Force (RAF) Support Helicopter Force well into the 21st century.

    Under the terms of its PFI contract, CAE also has the ability to provide turnkey training to third-party users. This enables approved military and civil operators across the globe to take advantage of the advanced simulation, training and mission rehearsal capability at the MSHATF on a highly cost-effective basis. Other NATO nations and wider alliances are also increasingly regarding the MSHATF as part of their normal training regime. Royal Netherlands Air Force and Australian Army Aviation Chinook crews routinely train alongside their RAF counterparts before operational deployments. EH101 (or AW101) operators such as the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Danish Air Force, and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force use the advanced Merlin simulators for a range of training applications, including battlefield and search and rescue (SAR) roles. The MSHATF also offers Puma helicopter training, where the customer base includes the RAF and several Middle Eastern air forces. While there is still considerable demand for initial type conversion and recurrent training, the development of specific skills such as SAR and troop transport, together with the opportunity to participate in networked coalition-type mission rehearsals, is becoming increasingly attractive to MSHATF customers.

  • Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility
    RAF Benson,
    Oxfordshire OX10 6AA

    Telephone: +44 (0) 1491-828000
    Fax: +44 (0) 1491-828080
    E-Mail: enquiries@caeats.co.uk

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