LUXEMBOURG – The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has recently upgraded the Joint Lynx Simulator Training Establishment (JLSTE), a helicopter simulator, operated by the German and the Portuguese navies to train the Sea Lynx crews.
The modification project mainly consisted on the installation of new projectors, a new Mylar screen, and an editor to load and modify aeronautical data, such as Navigation and Communication Data for the flight simulation.
The upgrade was successfully completed in less than a year: all the software coded and the hardware physically installed and integrated on the simulator hosted on the German Naval Air Wing 5 site. Despite COVID-19 travel restrictions, all technicians and engineers from Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany managed to be on-site to achieve the system to be "Ready-for-Training".
The JLSTE is used by the German and the Portuguese Navy to train their Sea Lynx flight crews. During the On-Site Acceptance Tests, both, the German head of the simulator centre and the head of the Portuguese delegation, expressed their satisfaction with NSPA for the quality of the work. Both stated that "The training possibilities have been increased to a new dimension. The excellent black level of the new visual allows the first time a real training of night scenarios."
NSPA has gained great experience in delivering flight simulator projects in the last years, being new installations or modification to exiting simulators. The Agency is currently working on similar projects, such as the acquisition of an NH90 Flight simulator and an upgrade for the MK41 Sea King Flight simulator.