RAF Typhoons arrive in Oman ahead of exercise Epic Skies II (Picture: MOD).
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UK And US Pilots To Prepare For Frontline Together Using 'Cutting-Edge' Simulators

The technology can replicate up to three scenarios simultaneously and independently.

RAF Typhoons arrive in Oman ahead of exercise Epic Skies II (Picture: MOD).

Initially it will just be RAF Typhoon pilots who will use the simulator (Picture: MOD).

British pilots will be able to prepare for front-line deployments alongside their American counterparts in the US through new 'cutting-edge' simulation technology.

Speaking on a visit to RAF Waddington, Defence Minister Stuart Andrew announced a £36 million contract for the technology, known as 'Gladiator'.

The Ministry of Defence said the simulators can replicate up to three scenarios simultaneously and independently of each other, allowing US and UK aircrew to experience the same environment and threats.

 Britain’s new cutting-edge F-35B aircraft, flying over the UK in June 2018. Credit: MOD
Training on the simulator for F-35 fighter jet pilots is to be included by September 2021.

Mr Andrew said the training technology offers a "cost-effective, powerful and safe way" to prepare RAF aircrew for the "complex threats they will face on the battlefield".

Initially, it will be just RAF Typhoon pilots who will use the simulator but F-35 pilots are also expected to take part in the training by September 2021.

The RAF will also look to include the Wedgetail early warning radar aircraft into the programme in the future.

Meanwhile, Royal Navy and Army aircraft are also expected to be integrated once the system is upgraded.

The equipment, made by Boeing Defence UK, will be installed at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.