The German Air Force
successfully completed check out activities on the first
Eurofighter Typhoon dome simulator at Fighter Wing 73 "Steinhoff"
With the first ASTA (Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids) Full
Mission Simulator (FMS) now introduced and the Cockpit Trainer
(ECT) already in operation since early this year, the German Air
Force now can use two ASTA training devices to perform simultaneous
training at the same Main Operating Base (MOB). This provides
greater flexibility in delivering the training syllabus to the
The Eurofighter consortium will deliver a total of 19 Full
Mission Simulators (FMS) plus Cockpit Trainer/Interactive Pilot
Stations and associated ancillary devices to the five air forces
that have ordered Eurofighter Typhoon.
In March 2006 the first Cockpit Trainer was accepted and entered
into service. Following this achievement the ASTA development
programme continued at pace leading to a new and improved software
release. This incorporated increased functionalities and
capabilities thus enabling use on the ASTA Full Mission
The FMS has a 13 channel 360 degrees high resolution Visual
System, which allows a higher degree of immersion for the pilot
into the operational environment.
The next ASTA software release is planned for later in 2006 and
will be used by all the Nations for Operational Training.