13 Juli 2011
The Hercules Observer Trainer. (Australian DoD)
A new type of C-130 Hercules simulator is set give aircraft loadmasters exposure to realistic combat environments, with the RAAF’s introduction of the Hercules Observer Trainer (HOT) on June 29.
Originally developed by Defence Research and Development Canada, the approximately $1 million HOT system will provide 37SQN C-130 loadmasters based at RAAF Richmond with a simulated view of the aircraft’s paradoor window of the rear cargo compartment, providing valuable experience to trainee loadmasters in threat identification.
Current C-130 aircrew training provider CAE Australia will provide instructors for the HOT system, which will be used to train loadmasters prior to deployment to the Middle East under Operation Slipper in Afghanistan.