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8/8/2017 1:00 PM
Strategic Airlift Capability Acquires C-17 Simulator
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08 AUG 2017 – PÁPA - - The 12 Nations of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) recently confirmed that the SAC program will acquire a C-17 Weapon Systems Trainer Simulator. The simulator will be built on Pápa Air Base and will provide the Heavy Airlift Wing increased flexibility and proficiency training options over the next 20 years.

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This is how the SAC C-17 Simulator could look like. Photo: Brent Deen / NAM PO

The SAC program signed a foreign military sales (FMS) case with the U.S. Government to acquire a full-scale, full-motion and full-visibility C-17 flight simulator. The decision to procure the simulator system was confirmed by all SAC nations June 29, 2017.

Heavy Airlift Wing crew will now receive computer-based training in an innovative learning center, which will include a loadmaster simulator, a desktop simulator and an integrated process trainer.

The simulator, expected in July 2021, will take 3.5 years to be built and delivered with an additional six months to install, test and certify.

The SAC-owned C-17 simulator at Pápa Air Base will increase flexibility and proficiency training options for HAW aircrews, and will reduce financial costs over the next 20 years by eliminating the need to send aircrews to Great Britain for periodic currency training.  

A new building will be built on Pápa Air Base to house the C-17 simulator along with classrooms, other training rooms and office space for instructors and maintenance personnel. The exact location of the simulator is yet to be decided, but it will be within walking distance from the SAC Combined Headquarters building. 

About the Strategic Airlift Capability

Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC), established in 2008, is a multinational program that provides its 12 member nations with assured access to military airlift capability by owning and operating three Boeing C-17A Globemaster III long-range cargo aircraft.

SAC is based at the Hungarian Defense 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-17As to serve the needs of their national defense, NATO, EU or UN commitments and humanitarian relief efforts.

SAC consists of the 12-nation Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) and the NATO Airlift Management Programme Office (NAM PO). The HAW is the operational unit and the NAM PO, an integral part of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), is the acquisition and sustainment authority of the SAC C-17A weapon system.

NAM PO contracts Boeing via a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement to provide technical support for the SAC C-17A aircraft.