C-17 simulator at the Boeing facility in Farnborough, United Kingdom. Photo: NAM PO / Brent Deen
The four-year $9,500,000 firm-fixed-price contract with Boeing was negotiated by the United States Air Force in response to an amendment to the existing Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case providing continuation simulator training to the SAC. The amendment was requested by the NATO Airlift Management Programme Office (NAM PO) of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), which manages the SAC C-17 weapon system.
Mr. Brent Deen, Weapon System Manager at the NAM PO, emphasizes that access to this simulator represents a significant increase in operational flexibility and enables cost savings. Previously, all simulator training for the HAW was conducted in the United States, necessitating costly journeys in terms of both time and money. In addition to savings in travel costs, HAW aircrew members will now spend only half as much time away from Pápa Air Base, the home of the SAC, and complete the same simulator training events as before.
The continuation simulator training of the HAW aircrews is carried out in accordance to United States Air Force (USAF) standards and certifications. As SAC C-17s bear the Hungarian national military aircraft insignia and are registered in Hungary, the training provided by Boeing has been certified also by the Hungarian National Transport Authority (Nemzeti Közlekedési Hatóság, NKH).
About the Strategic Airlift Capability
The Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC), established in 2008, is an independent and multinational program that provides access to military airlift capability to its 12 partner nations by owning and operating three Boeing C-17 Globemaster III long-range cargo jets.
SAC is based at the Hungarian Defence Forces (HDF) Pápa Air Base, Hungary.
The SAC Nations are the NATO members Hungary (program host nation), Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and the United States and NATO Partnership for Peace nations Finland and Sweden. Each participating nation owns a share of the available flight hours of the SAC C-17s to serve the needs of their national defense, NATO, EU or UN commitments and humanitarian relief efforts.
SAC organizations consist of the operational arm, the Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) and the NATO Airlift Management (NAM) Programme Office that is the acquisition and sustainment authority of the SAC C-17 weapon system. It also provides site and administrational support to the HAW.
The Boeing Company is contracted by SAC to provide technical support for the C-17 aircraft.
Text: HAW / OF-1 Tuomas Saavalainen