US-Slovak consortium supplies US Army with new helicopter simulator
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17 Mar 2011
US Army representatives in Trenčín on Wednesday, March 16, took delivery of a special anti-terrorist version of the Mi-17 transport helicopter simulator, a device produced by an international consortium made up of Trenčín-based company Virtual Reality Media (VRM) and American firms Fidelity Technologies Incorporated and Aeronautical Systems Engineering.
The simulator, worth more than €4 million, was designed to facilitate special, broad-spectrum training for the Iraqi military, the TASR newswire has learnt. The head of VRM’s board of directors, Július Berith, said that the company supplies Mi-17 helicopter simulators worldwide, and that this was the eighth to be produced. « In this way we’re entering the US market, and we have good prospects for doubling our output, » said Berith, noting that the whole project has been financially covered by the US government with the aim of supporting production in allied countries.
The ceremony in Trenčín was attended by US Ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick. VRM has been producing simulation and training systems since 1995, and supplies simulators of military vehicles and aircraft.