Turkish Navy Receives Helicopter Underwater Escape Training Simulator

This new facility from Meteksan Defence will aid in training for escape and rescue from a helicopter crashing into the water By DA Staff / 04 Oct 2022
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Meteksan Defence has completed the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET-DUNKER) Simulator Project in line with the needs of the Turkish Naval Forces Command. The HUET-DUNKER project was completed as a Defense Industry Agency (SSB) project.

With this new HUET Facility, training will be provided for purposes including:

  • Escape and rescue from a helicopter crashing into the water and from a plane making a forced landing
  • Search and rescue with rescue helicopter simulation
  • Landing on the water with a parachute
  • Abandon ship and boarding

Thanks to HUET and its peripheral utilities, which Meteksan claims are equipped with more advanced features compared to similar facilities, there will be the opportunity to export services to other countries.

Turnkey System

Within the scope of HUET, the simulator system consists of crane(s), platforms, and ancillary systems. As a complementary component of this, there is the construction of a building consisting of a pool, pool installation and technical room, administrative and social spaces.

The pool has a wave generation and sprinkler system with adjustable intensity in order to reflect the environmental effects during the training, lighting that allows day/night separation, sound system, fans to simulate wind and helicopter blade effects. 

The training is carried out by lowering the helicopter mock-up in a pool, rotating it up to 180 degrees in both directions in a controlled manner, and the personnel inside the helicopter exiting the helicopter in this state. 

In addition, the following training programs can be offered at the HUET facility, either independently or in coordination with each other:

  • Rescue Helicopter: A simulation consisting of a platform simulating a helicopter performing a rescue operation equipped with a crane and rescue equipment to take the victim from the pool to the platform, where rescue training will be given.
  • Landing on the water with a parachute: A platform/system consisting of a tower and a rail system that simulates a parachute water landing, where parachute water landing and survival training will be provided.  
  • A platform simulating the ship’s deck: a platform consisting of a net ladder system, a closed liferaft and a throwing mechanism, where ‘abandon ship’ training and casualty handling training will be given.
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