HTP Ostrava introduces brand-new tactical helicopter simulator

Autor: Milos Pecha and Nuala Casey

New technology has now arrived at HTP Ostrava. The dual full-crew simulator facility is the show piece of the company’s newly opened tactical centre for helicopter crews.

The helicopter tactical simulation platforms have been installed to cover the varied and diverse tactical training requirements of multinational helicopter forces.

Helicopter Training Point in Ostrava

“HTP Ostrava is now in an even better position to support helicopter units with this state-of-the-art simulator. The facility will enable units to fully prepare for deployments for current and future operations,” stated the HTP manager for tactical training, Milos Pecha.

He also added: “But the simulator itself would be nothing without the experienced instructors who train and mentor the crews. Hence, we are able to offer a unique combination of a modern training facility, together with Qualified Helicopter Tactics Instructors (QHTI) from the UK who can provide training in accordance with current standards.”

The QHTIs have acquired considerable experience across a wide range of recent operations. Standardisation of tactics and procedures across helicopter units is their key motto having recently returned from delivering Helicopter Tactics Courses (HTC) and European Helicopter Tactics Instructor Courses (HTIC) run by the European Defence Agency (EDA).

The recent affiliation with the EDA Helicopter training programme continues to encourage interoperability, and standardises multinational training across Europe and beyond. Facilitating this under the umbrella of the Multinational Aviation Training Centre (MATC), a potential new NATO body in the near future, HTP Ostrava is more than ready to provide this training to NATO countries.

HTP has already begun to providing training on the new simulator, with pre-deployment training of the combined Czech, Hungarian and Croatian Air Advisory Team (AAT) , and is running alongside the Operational English Language Course. Later in the year, the focus will be shifted to tactical refresher courses for the Czech Air Force crews to ensure their capabilities are kept updated and standardised.

In the very near future, HTP expects more countries to join these tactical courses, or request bespoke courses which can be tailor-made in terms of length and types of scenarios and depending on their operational deployments or training requirements.

The HTP tactical simulator allows realistic and immersive flying in both urban and rural environments, in any weather; day/night and environmental (limited visibility dust/snow) conditions, and is ideal for basic and advanced tactical training for full helicopter crews. Each aircraft is equipped with excellent graphics, and a flight model complete with a cabin containing 2 door-gunner stations with machine guns which use virtual reality (VR) visual systems and a ballistic weapon system which correspond to real-life characteristics.

A wide range of threats can be simulated to push the crews to their limits. The tactical training will consist of three main parts: mission planning using adequate planning cells and tools; mission execution with actual missions flown in the simulator, and mission de-briefing using a dedicated communications playback capability.

The HTP Ostrava team is striving to further improve the capabilities of helicopter forces.

September 19, 2018