A Flight Deck Officer (FDO) at work. Photo: NZDF

Company-X, a leading provider of training simulation solutions, has been awarded a contract to build a Flight Deck Officer (FDO) training simulation for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN).

Company-X will use virtual reality headsets and artificial intelligence (AI) technology in the simulation that will train flight deck officers already versed in theory on how to land helicopters on a frigate’s flight deck safely and efficiently.

The simulation will feature a variety of real-world training scenarios in changing sea states.

The simulation is expected to be delivered in mid-2024 and will be used to train officers for the RNZN’s Anzac-class frigates HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Te Mana.

Company-X expertise includes simulation, mixed reality, system emulation, and gamified training.

"We are honoured to have been awarded the contract to build this new training simulation," said Company-X Head of Simulation Lance Bauerfeind.

"This is a testament to our expertise in developing and delivering cutting-edge training solutions. We know that this simulation will assist the Royal New Zealand Navy in providing the best possible training to their FDOs," added Company-X co-founder David Hallett.

Company-X has previously built training simulations for DeLaval, First Gas, Independent Verification Services and WorkSafe.