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Leonardo is to deliver an AW169 helicopter simulator in the framework of an agreement with Tawazun Economic Council, and is to be operated by the Abu Dhabi Aviation Training Centre (ADATC) as a recognized training center.
To date over 200 AW169 helicopters have been ordered by customers worldwide
Tawazun Economic Council, as part of its support to the national economy and to attract foreign and domestic investments into the UAE, the multinational aerospace, defense and security player Leonardo and the ADATC are partnering to establish new and expanding training capabilities in the Middle East.
The partners have agreed to introduce the first AW169 helicopter simulator in the region and to upgrade the software of an existing AW139 simulator. The simulator will be delivered by Leonardo to ADATC. This will enhance the level of service and proximity Leonardo provides to its growing regional customer base in line with its industrial plan.
Mattar Al Rumaithi, chief economic development officer, Tawazun Economic Council, said: “We expect strong growth in the industry from these agreements which will in turn benefit our economy, our military and our industry significantly. We also work closely with our strategic partners, like Abu Dhabi Aviation and Leonardo, to help future growth and expansion in the UAE. This facility will play a pivotal role in laying the groundwork for future flight testing programs in the region, to improve the defense sector, military and air forces.
The agreement was signed by Rumaithi; Nader Ahmed Al Hammadi, chairman of Abu Dhabi Aviation; Ahmed Ismail Al Khoury, executive director of ADATC; and Leonardo.
Commenting on the new capabilities, Hammadi said: “Abu Dhabi Aviation is committed to providing the best leading training programs in the region. We are now proud to be a leading training center and facility in the region with the latest technology. Including the introduction of new simulators, we anticipate a direct impact on the UAE economy through the expected 20 regional pilot exercises, which will strengthen our position as major contributors to industry in the UAE by further empowering local capabilities and training the military sector and defense in the region.”
“With these advanced simulators our longstanding partner Abu Dhabi Aviation will be able to deliver outstanding training services with state-of-the-art virtual reality technology,” said Leonardo. “It will be the first regional player with simulation training for both the AW139 and AW169, best sellers in their respective helicopter categories for a range of missions. We’re happy to further contribute to the UAE’s capability growth in aviation.”
To support and develop the defense and security industries in the UAE, the program seeks to create new opportunities in various strategic sectors.
The Tawazun Economic Program, which recently launched its new policy in February this year, aims to support economic diversification in the UAE and in line with this vision, Abu Dhabi has pursued a strategy of income diversification.
This promotes long-term partnerships.