At the end of April 2015, Rheinmetall Defense announced that they have been awarded a contract to upgrade the NH90 cockpit trainers of the German Army (Bundeswehr) with its simulation technology. The contract, which was awarded by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr equipment, information technology and in-service support, calls for the company to supply their simulation and business unit to upgrade all NH90 cockpit trainers to IOC+ configuration.
It also calls for the simulators to be programmed with additional software modules from Rheinmetall's Asterion product line. Currently, the NH90 cockpit trainer is being used for initial and advanced training of Bundeswehr aviation technical personnel in the NH90 helicopter operations at the German Air Force technical training Centre (TAusbZLw) in Fassberg. The new Asterion training software modules claim to enable Bundeswehr to train aspiring aircraft technicians in all systems of the helicopter without having to use the expensive original weapons system.
It is designed for use of various training devises and it realistically reproduces the behavior and functionality of air, land, and sea weapons systems. Headquartered in Dusseldorf, Germany, Rheinmetall AG is an automotive parts supplier and military technology group. The group also has plants and representative offices in sixteen countries serving the armed forces, security services and law enforcement agencies of numerous nations.
Rheinmetall Defense employs 21,766 workers who generated sales of USD$5.3 billion in 2014. The company was the tenth-largest European defense contractor in 2011. The Group’s automotive unit had sales in fiscal 2012 of USD$2.7 billion, while sales of its defense arm for the same period came to USD$2.6 billion. Rheinmetall AG is listed on the German MDAX; its shares are traded on all German stock exchanges.
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