5 Desember 2009
Flanker simulator (photo : realpolitik1776)
LANGKAWI: The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKM simulator system is expected to be operational by February.
The simulator system includes two high-fidelity Tactical Operational Flight Trainer (TOFT) and computerbased trainer (CBT).
Heitech Padu Bhd developed it with input from the Sukhoi Design Bureau, the designer of the 30MKM and Irkut, the manufacturer of the plane.
“Following testing and commissioning, we expect both the TOFT and the CBT to be operational by February,” Heitech president Safiee Mohammad told The Malay Mail at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2009 (LIMA '09).
He said the TOFT had been developed for full mission training using the Distributed Mission Training concept.
This means that the training mission can be done using more than one simulated aircraft simultaneously, as if in the actual environment.
The system will also be able to achieve high-level training fidelity to simulate the aircraft flight model, sensors, radar, displays and weapon control system.
The CBT will be used as a basic training tool for pilots to familiarise themselves with the aircraft avionics and train the ground crew in maintenance and aircraft troubleshooting.
The simulator system is currently being installed at the Gong Kedak air base in Terengganu, where the Sukhoi squadron is based.
RMAF has taken delivery of 18 Sukhoi Su-30MKM aircraft that was procured in 1999 for RM3.4 billion. The aircraft is the darling of LIMA '09, displaying its phenomenal display during the daily air show.