Mission-ready: Anytime – Anywhere

ASTA – Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids

GAF Eurofighter Typhoon of JG-74 Neuburg over LithuaniaCopyright: Geoffrey Lee, PLanfocus Ltd

The world’s most advanced new generation multirole/swing-role combat aircraft comes with the unrivalled training capability of the ASTA (Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids) system. This high-quality, high-fidelity training system for pilots is an integral part of the Eurofighter Typhoon system. ASTA has been designed for Eurofighter Typhoon pilots to support mission readiness training and cater efficiently and cost-effectively for the mostdemanding training needs.

The ASTA suite comprises a full range of training devices, from basic to high-end, and can be specifically tailored to the needs of the Customer. ASTA is providing a fully immersive cockpit and synthetic training environment allowing full mission training. It has been designed from the outset to cover all envisaged roles for the Eurofighter Typhoon while on deployment or on active service.


ASTA – The Winning Solution

IOS picMission Readiness Training

– Proficiency Training
– Tactical training
– Mission rehearsal
– Covering the most demanding scenarios

astaCost-effective Training

– Substituting live flying training
– More than 50% of training in ASTA
– Repetition stabilises skills on a high level
– Training availability 24/7

2Realistic Training

– Precise aircraft performance
– Realistic cockpit
– Up to 360° Field of View
– High Performance Synthetic Environment

6Customer oriented Training

– Effective customer oriented training
– Proven in Libya operations
– Trusted Air Policing (London Olympics, World Economic Forum)
– Effective preparation of several international exercises

ASTA – Pilot Performance

A combination of training with ASTA and the real aircraft exceeds the Air Forces’ 100% Training Requirement to achieve Combat Ready status.

Only training with the high-fidelity ASTA system allows training of Crew Resource Management (CRM) safety and Mission Readiness Training (MRT) issues.

ASTA Pilot Performance

ASTA – Training Cost Reduction

Only a combination of ASTA and aircraft flying training ensures combat ready status in an efficient and cost-effective way.

Training of the complete spectrum of tasks up to Flag Exercises in the simulator reduces the need and costs for live exercises.

ASTA Training Costs Reduction

Training costs of different training concepts
(Assumption: 50% Simulator Training and 50% Flying Training)
(* reach 80% capability in the ASTA only for a given time)

ASTA – Benefits for Customers

Original aircraft software

  • “Train as you fight” – no surprises in the aircraft for the pilot, the simulator has the same behaviour as the aircraft!
  • Immediate transfer of acquired skills from the simulator to the aircraft -> pilot immediately capable

High fidelity / high performance synthetic Environment

  • The pilot experiences the environmental effects, like weapon firing and impact, or Electronic Warfare like in the real world
  • Computer Generated Forces (Virtual Players) behave like manned players

Combination of original aircraft software and high fidelity / high performance synthetic environment

  • Pilot is mission ready from day one
  • Cost reduction through transfer of flight hours to simulator (extending airframe life and operational availability)
  • Situational awareness is drastically improved by repetition of non-obvious critical situations
  • Mission rehearsal and practise of war time missions which cannot be flown due to safety and/or peacetime regulations, missing assets or ranges

Use of mission data as in the aircraft

  • Preparation of the mission is identical for the simulator and the aircraft. No difference for the pilot until steptime

360° horizontal Field of View (HFoV)

  • Supports the full range of training tasks from familiarisation training up to combat-ready training

Over 500 malfunctions implemented, selectable in every possible combination

  • Intensive, best possible malfunction training for the pilots

Networking capability and integration of virtual players

  • Maximised training realism and flexibility

Extensive use of COTS hardware

  • Reduced in-service costs


text source: Eurofighter GmbH, ASTA Brochure, 2013