The Thales approach to Military Aircraft Training is to leverage maximum operational value from its broad experience as provider of real mission systems and aircraft systems.
Our training systems for military aircraft cater to complex mission requirements in the most demanding operating environments.
Our portfolio spans jet fighters, tactical transport and refuelling aircraft.

Fast-jet training


Thales FMS provide for all levels of training and include cockpits that replicate the visual, sound and tactile environment of the flight crew position in the actual aircraft with highly realistic visual displays incorporating detailed graphics. All aspects of aircraft handling, including instrument flying, low-level missions, air-to-air combat and air-to-air refuelling, can be reproduced.
The instructor’s or exercise director’s station has the tools for monitoring and measuring trainee performance, lesson planning, control and communications. Data fusion provides essential experience in gaining operating confidence in systems management, including the real-time control of avionic, navigation and communications systems.
Use of interface protocols such as HLA enables FMS networking with compatible simulators or trainers in a collective training scenario.

Rafale Training: Maximising Rafale’s operational efficiency

  • Full mission simulator with representative cockpit, weapon and navigation system
  • Tactical Server for computer generated Forces
  • Very large field of view, high resolution display system
  • High Level Architecture Networking capacity fully compatible with distributed simulation for complex joint or coalition training mission

Transport & refueling


Thales and Airbus Military are delivering a multi-million pound training service for the RAF’s new transport aircraft. Working together we have designed and built the A400M Atlas training school which opened in 2014. We are now managing the training service including the installation and maintenance of full flight simulators and all synthetic training equipment, and supporting the RAF’s own course design team and training staff.

We are one of the primary sub-contractors for the Voyager programme, supplying mission simulators, defensive aids, avionics and mission planning systems. We have delivered a comprehensive training programme for pilots, cabin crew and maintenance staff which includes a full flight simulator at the training school built by Thales.
Find out more about Thales and AirTanker here.

Tornado GR4
Thales has a long history of working with the RAF on the Tornado fast-jet. We manage a full training service for the Tornado GR4 including three mission simulators to train RAF pilots and navigators.

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