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To enable the RSAF to enhance flight training for its AS332 Super Puma and S-70B Seahawk naval helicopter pilots, the conventional approach would be for the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to acquire flight simulators for each aircraft type.

However, DSTA creatively combined the requirements by introducing a Roll-in/Roll-out concept that utilises just one motion simulator. The simulator can be reconfigured for either the AS332 or S-70B by rolling the respective cockpits onto the motion platform, saving the cost of acquiring a second motion simulator.

Besides managing the integration of two highly complex cockpits into a single motion simulator, DSTA proposed to build a ground docking station for the other cockpit not loaded onto the motion simulator platform. This enabled independent concurrent training with a smaller range of simulation profiles, thereby increasing the utilisation of both the cockpits.

Over and above this, the team went further to network the two cockpits for integrated training. Hence, both helicopters can fly in the same training scenario to practise joint operations. This innovative solution has helped the RSAF to maximise its returns on investment in the flight simulators.

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