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Rheinmetall to Supply Two More Cargo Hold Simulators for European A400M

Arun Sivasankaran - : Feb 20, 2021 - : 11:36 pm

Rheinmetall will supply two additional training simulators for the German Air Force’s European A400M military transport aircraft.

The A400M Cargo Hold Part Task Trainer (CPTT) will be used by the service for the training of its personnel. Airbus, maker of the A400M, signed a contract with Rheinmetall  last month for the simulators.

Earmarked for German air bases in Wunstorf and Altenstadt, the two simulators are expected to be operational at the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023.

In Wunstorf, Air Transport Squadron 62 will receive a CPTT. This will augment the A400M training centre’s existing suite of simulation and training systems, which includes the advanced Cargo Hold Trainer Enhanced (CHT-E), used for training cargo hold crews, especially loadmasters and ground personnel.

Specially configured for the mission, a second CPTT will be installed at the Airmobile and Air Transport School in Altenstadt, where it will be used for training airfreight handling personnel and paratroopers. The CPTT will be the base’s first A400M simulator.

The A400M CPTT is an exact full-scale replica of the A400M cargo hold, including the operator interfaces. It permits highly realistic training of cargo hold crews and ground personnel. The CPPT enables mission-specific configuration of the cargo hold. Trainees can practise the preparation of cargo, loading and unloading, in-flight and ground procedures. The crew also learns to operate as a team.  The system lends itself to initial and advanced training as well as refresher courses and mission preparation.

Besides the CPTT, Rheinmetall has supplied various A400M user nations with other types of cargo training equipment, including the Loadmaster Workstation Trainer (LMWST), and the  CHT-E. The latest order brings to ten the total number of sophisticated, high-fidelity Rheinmetall A400M cargo training systems.

Rheinmetall supplied the first A400M CPTT to the Royal Malaysian Air Force in 2019. CHT-E simulators are now in service at the Airbus International Training Centre (ITC) in Seville; with the Royal Air Force in Brize Norton in the UK, the German Air Force in Wunstorf; and with a French Army airborne brigade near Toulouse.

The LMWST is operational at the Airbus ITC in Seville; France’s national A400M training centre in Orléans; and at the Royal Air Force National Training Centre in Brize Norton.


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