An AN-124 cargo aircraft touched down at Glasgow Prestwick Airport to deliver the second Operational Flight Trainer to be based at RAF Lossiemouth.
The Royal Air Force say here that the simulator is one of two being installed in a £100-million strategic facility built by Boeing Defence UK and Scottish firm Robertson Construction.
“It was offloaded from the specially chartered Antonov AN-124, which took off from Tampa, Florida and is being transported by road to Lossiemouth, where it is due to arrive late on Friday evening. The simulators and facility managed by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) are part of a £470m UK Government investment in the coastal RAF base in Moray, north-east Scotland.”
Mark Corden, Project Manager for Training in the Poseidon delivery team at DE&S, was quoted as saying:
“The simulators will provide specialist training for RAF pilots who will be flying the Poseidon MRA Mk 1. They are exact replicas of the aircraft cockpit and will incorporate very high-definition visual display systems to enhance the training benefit. They are also designed to link up with the mission simulators used by the rear crew, allowing them to train together.”
The Royal Air Force add that two Operational Flight Trainers and two rear-crew simulators will be installed in the new strategic facility at RAF Lossiemouth; along with part-task mission crew trainers, virtual maintenance trainers and electronic classrooms.