Boe­ing, Mahin­dra open C-17 train­ing cen­tre for In­dian Air Force


Boe­ing and Mahin­dra De­fence Sys­tems for­mally opened a cen­tre in Gur­gaon to pro­vide C-17 train­ing ser­vices to the In­dian Air Force (IAF). Once fully op­er­a­tional, the new cen­tre will be ca­pa­ble of con­duct­ing lo­cal and multi-site sim­u­la­tions for added re­al­ism and more ro­bust train­ing.

“The cen­tre, in part­ner­ship with Mahin­dra De­fence, is an­other ex­am­ple of the steps we are tak­ing to con­trib­ute to the build­ing of a holis­tic aero­space ecosys­tem in sup­port of ‘Make in In­dia,’” said Pratyush Kumar, Pres­i­dent, Boe­ing In­dia. “This demon­strates our com­mit­ment to pro­vide re­li­able sup­port and ser­vices for our cus­tomers through­out the life­cy­cle of a prod­uct.”

“We are de­lighted to part­ner with Boe­ing in this ven­ture,” said S.P. Shukla, Group Pres­i­dent, Aero­space & De­fence Sec­tor, and Chair­man, Mahin­dra De­fence Sys­tems. “We have cred­i­ble ex­per­tise in this spe­cialised area of op­er­a­tions and train­ing and we be­lieve this joint en­deav­our will help de­liver the ob­jec­tives of the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia and the In­dian Air Force of build­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties in­dige­nously.”

The C-17 train­ing fa­cil­ity, which is lo­cated at the Flight Sim­u­la­tion Tech­nique Cen­tre in Gur­gaon, will be a full-ser­vice lo­ca­tion of­fer­ing in­struc­tion to air­crews that op­er­ate the 10 C-17 air­lifters that Boe­ing de­liv­ered to In­dia in 2014.

The cen­tre fea­tures a com­plete train­ing so­lu­tion for C-17 pi­lots and load­mas­ters with ad­vanced sim­u­la­tion, course­ware and com­puter-based train­ing to prac­tise the com­plete range of tasks re­quired for mil­i­tary air­lift op­er­a­tions and hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions, along with other sce­nar­ios such as aerial re­fu­elling and emer­gency pro­ce­dures.

The fa­cil­ity in­cludes weapons sys­tems and load­mas­ter sta­tion train­ers that can be em­ployed in­di­vid­u­ally or net­worked to­gether to re­hearse com­plete mis­sions. The sim­u­la­tor’s flight deck sup- ports train­ing with night vi­sion gog­gles for com­pre­hen­sive mis­sion train­ing.

“Boe­ing be­lieves that in the com­ing fu­ture, sup­port to air­craft and crews will be a crit­i­cal el­e­ment of our part­ner­ship to sup­port the IAF’s tac­ti­cal and op­er­a­tional needs and to cre­ate a strong ser­vices in­fras­truc­ture base in In­dia,” said Tim Noo­nan, Vice Pres­i­dent of Train­ing Sys­tems and Gov­ern­ment Ser­vices. “C-17 op­er­a­tors from the IAF will ben­e­fit im­mensely from the full mo­tion state-ofthe-art sim­u­la­tor and as­so­ci­ated course­ware and com­puter-based train­ing and pro­vides a real world repli­ca­tion of any pos­si­ble train­ing sce­nario.”

Air Mar­shal B.S. Dhanoa, Vice Chief of Air Staff, IAF, in­au­gu­rates the Boe­ing C-17 Sim­u­la­tion Train­ing Cen­ter in Gur­gaon on July 8 in the pres­ence of Pratyush Kumar, Pres­i­dent, Boe­ing In­dia, S.P. Shukla, Group Pres­i­dent, Aero­space & De­fence Sec­tor and Chair­man, Mahin­dra De­fence Sys­tems; Gene Cun­ning­ham, Vice Pres­i­dent, Global Sales, Boe­ing De­fense, Space & Se­cu­rity; and Vi­nayak Ra­jagopal, Global Ser­vices & Sup­port, Boe­ing De­fense, Space & Se­cu­rity.

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