The RAAF’s Air Mobility Group (AMG) and 37 Squadron based at Richmond west of Sydney have inducted a new C-130J-30 Hercules fuselage trainer (FuT).
Designed by CAE and built by Richmond’s Airbus Group Australia Pacific workforce from two long-retired C-130H fuselage hulks and new components from Lockheed Martin, the C-130J fuselage trainer will be operated by CAE.
It will allow 37SQN loadmasters and ground handling crews to train in and around an operationally representative C-130J cargo hold and handling systems without the need to remove an active aircraft from service.
“Our C-130J Hercules are some of the busiest aircraft in Defence and having a fuselage trainer relieves the burden of using a real aircraft to conduct essential training,” Minister for Defence Marise Payne said in a statement.
“The fuselage trainer is an exact replication of the cargo bay and systems in a real C-130J Hercules aircraft, and will provide loadmasters with a purpose-built classroom ideal for training.”
In addition to training, the fuselage trainer will also allow the RAAF’s Air Movements Training and Development Unit (AMTDU) to design, develop and test cargo and air-deployable loads for the C-130J. It will also be able to be networked with the C-130J’s Full-Flight and Mission Simulator (FFMS) which is also located at Richmond and operated by CAE.
“We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with the Royal Australian Air Force as their C-130J training partner, and delighted to work closely with Airbus and Lockheed Martin who provided valuable hardware and support that helped deliver this key project for the RAAF,” CAE’s Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific/Middle East, Ian Bell said.
“The RAAF continues to be one of the world’s leading air forces in the application of simulation-based training, and this new C-130J fuselage trainer is another example of the RAAF investing in new technologies and capabilities to best prepare their aircrews for operational missions and requirements.”
CAE operates a wide range of ADF aircraft synthetic training devices and systems under its Management and Support of Australian Defence Force Aerospace Simulators (MSAAS) program.