Airbus Helicopters has achieved Factory Acceptance of HATS01, the first of fifteen helicopters of the H135 family (EC135 T2+) for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Under the JP 9000 Phase 7 HATS project, a new joint helicopter training system for both Army and Navy aircrew will utilize the EC135 T2+ helicopters, along with flight simulators and a new flight-deck equipped sea-going training vessel. Boeing’s HATS Program Manager James Heading said that during 2015 the Boeing team has been conducting engineering evaluations and ground and flight test activities and have been fully satisfied with the results. The EC135 T2+ is a consummate military training helicopter, offering a glass cockpit with high visibility, a multi-axis auto-pilot, the performance and safety of a twin-engine helicopter replacing current single types, plus other advanced technologies to help instructors perform training missions safely and provide the ADF with the flexibility to undertake additional missions.
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