Participating personnel and aircraft of EDA HTIC 7. Image: Sgt Georgina Cser (HDF Pápa Air Base)
Helicopter tactics experts from Inzpire’s Helicopter Services Division have recently supported the European Defence Agency (EDA) with the delivery of its Helicopter Tactics Instructor Course (HTIC).
28 personnel, ranked from Sgt to Lt Col participated in the course which covered four weeks of ground schooling at Sintra Airbase in Portugal and three weeks of live flying, conducted at Papa Airbase in Hungary.
This was the 7th iteration of the EDA’s HTIC and the first time part of the course had been based in Hungary. The host nation facilitated the use of an SA-6, EW emulators, UV emulators and Smokey SAMs (provided by Austria) in support of the multinational exercise.
The large-scale flying phase involved six aircraft types from a number of Participating Member States, including: Portuguese Merlin; Austrian SH-70 and OH-58 Kiowa; Czech Mi-171; Swedish A-109 and Hungarian H-145.
Hungarian H-145M and an Austrian UH-60 Blackhawk aircraft participating in tactical formation flying training during EDA HTIC 7. Image: Veronika Dévényi (HDF Pápa Air Base)
Inzpire’s experts delivered the initial ground school phase of the exercise, teaching lessons to meet learning objectives which had been jointly designed and coordinated by the company’s Helicopter Services Division and the EDA’s Chief Instructor team.
Topics taught by Inzpire’s personnel during ground schooling included: electronic warfare, fast jet evasion, airspace battle management, human factors, map marking and targeting exercises with classroom-based theory. This ground schooling was then enhanced by practical training in Inzpire’s mission training device simulators.
Once the students had progressed to the live flying element of the exercise, a team of instructors from the EDA delivered airborne training whilst three personnel from Inzpire oversaw all safety procedures, provided tactical experience and advice, supported the flying mission design and flying programme management.
Chris Raynes, Head of Platform Training Services at Inzpire said: “I’m exceptionally pleased and proud that Inzpire has been able to support the EDA in the delivery of the 7th Helicopter Tactics Course. It has been a challenging couple of years for the EDA Helicopter Programme and there has been a significant amount of dedication and effort required by all involved to ensure all aspects of the courses and infrastructure were ready to go.
“Inzpire has now been supporting the EDA in the delivery of the Helicopter Programme since 2018. The move to Sintra Portugal and the delivery of the HTIC in Hungary has created a fresh start to the programme. We very much seek to build from this exercise for future years to come and continue to support the EDA and Member States in a truly excellent programme.”
Currently delivering Wildcat live flying training, Chinook Mk6 tactical synthetic training and support to the European Defence Agency’s Helicopter Programme, Inzpire’s Helicopter Services Division is comprised of aircrew drawn from across the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
They deliver bespoke training solutions in both the live and synthetic environments as well as providing expert consultancy services which maximise customer investment through the targeting of operational requirements and exposing the full capability of the individual aircraft types.
The Inzpire helicopter Mission Training Device is a targeted fidelity simulator training system designed to provide customer-specific yet cost-effective capability for standalone, networked and distributed training across the full spectrum of helicopter operations. The simulator can be configured to deliver either military or civilian role training and is capable of being configured to provide a range of helicopter platform replication options including light, medium and heavy, support and attack helicopters as well as paramilitary and emergency services’ platforms.
The simulator has been designed and developed by personnel with years of operational experience and training expertise across the breadth of military helicopter types and operations.
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