HAL, CAE JV for helicopter simulator training centre

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Bangalore, Sep 26 (UNI) Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and CAE of Canada today signed an agreement to open a helicopter simulator training centre in the city.

According to a HAL release, the 'Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying' (HATSOFF) would be owned equally by HAL and the CAE.

It would begin operations by late 2008 and provide both civil and military helicopter pilot training and maintenance training services.

The CAE would design and manufacture one full-mission simulator featuring CAE's 'revolutionary' roll-on/roll-off cockpit, the release said.

The two companies were planning to provide the HATSOFF with cockpits for the three variants of the HAL-built Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH)- Dhruv, the Bell 412 and Eurocopter Dauphin.

HAL Chairman Ashok K Baweja said ''our objective is to serve the fast-growing civil and military aerospace industry in India and become a globally competitive aerospace company.

''The CAE is clearly the right choice for our joint venture given their leadership in helicopter simulation and training. We will continue to partner with leading companies like CAE to further HAL's position as India's premier aerospace organisation,'' Mr Baweja added.

CAE Group Simulation Products and Military Training and Services President Marc Parent said ''we are delighted to develop this potential business partnership with the HAL.

There is a critical need for high-quality simulation-based training programmes in this region.'' UNI

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