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Australian Defence Minister, the HON Peter Dutton announced that Ryan Aerospace (Australia) has been awarded a series of contracts to supply nearly 300 jet fighter and helicopter training simulators to the U.S. Air Force as part of the innovative new program known as “Pilot Training Transformation” or PTT.
“This is another example of the way defense industry in Queensland, and across Australia, is showcasing Australian innovation and ingenuity on the world stage,” Mr. Dutton said.
The Gold Coast firm is seen as a pioneer in the development of a new generation of flight training devices that leverage virtual and mixed reality technologies.
In recent years, the US Air Force has suffered not only from a shortage of pilots, but also a shortage of flight instructors who can deliver one-on-one training to the students. Further, it has proven cost prohibitive to procure more traditional simulators because of the extremely high cost. The government’s Defence Innovation Unit (DIU) were tasked with looking to industry to find a better way to train pilots and Ryan Aerospace as a partner with Vertex Solution, LLC were one of the many companies that made a submission to the government.
Ryan Aerospace developed a modular and reconfigurable flight training simulator that can be modified to represent a number of different fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. The simulators offer much greater value for money and have only a very small footprint compared to traditional training devices.