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NATO Airlift Management Programme Expands C-17 Training Capability

The NATO Airlift Management Programme has contracted for a new C-17 Weapon System Trainer (WST) to be stationed at Pápa Air Base, Hungary in support of the Strategic Airlift Capability’s multinational fleet of C-17s, under a new U.S. Air Force Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract.

This is the first C-17 training device for Pápa Air Base.

The comprehensive training support includes C-17 training devices, courseware and spares, which will be provided by Boeing. NATO C-17 training at Pápa Air Base is expected to begin in 2022.

“The NATO Airlift Management Programme provides Strategic Airlift Capability nations with full life cycle management for aircraft and facilities, embodying of collective ownership and Smart Defence,” said Gregory Clark, programme manager, NATO Airlift Management Programme. “The aircrew training partnership with Boeing will ensure ongoing readiness of C-17 aircrews to our member Nations.”

“We are excited to continue our partnership with NATO and expand its C-17 aircrew training capability,” said Mark Hayes, Boeing Global Services Pápa, Hungary base manager. “This regional training location will enable the Strategic Airlift Capability to add velocity to aircrew training and proficiency, maintain training readiness, and provide the flexibility to deliver European airlift for decades to come.”

Boeing’s C-17 WST includes an air vehicle station and loadmaster station, both with instructor operator stations; a core integrated processor task trainer; and computer-based training and courseware.

Two years of initial spares to support the training device are also included.

This C-17 training device includes innovative technology with upgrades to the visual system and glass mirror display system expanding the total field of view. Boeing is also incorporating technology enhancements to address obsolescence and concurrency with latest aircraft block configuration.

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