Morocco orders virtual parachute training system


Morocco has ordered a virtual parachute training system from the United Kingdom’s Pennant International.

In late October the company said the order covers one Student Jump Station and Instructor Operating Station of the ‘Lite’ variant and will be based on the generic software that is in service with various military schools.

Pennant International said the contract marks the first sale of a virtual parachute training system “following internal investment and a product development exercise, but this is also Pennant’s first direct contract win into Africa and to a new customer.”

Pennant had been in discussion with the Moroccan customer since the I/ITSEC exhibition in 2018, where the UK team exhibited a range of Pennant’s capabilities, including a variant of the parachute trainer.

Stuart Hooker, Pennant International Business Development Executive, said “This is a great result to finally get the sale completed, especially in what has been a very challenging period. I look forward to seeing the finished solution and hope this is the first of several orders from our VR portfolio. I thank the wider team for their support in getting this on contract”.

The Virtual Parachute Training System (VPTS) is an immersive training system capable of supporting initial canopy control training and malfunction recognition through to mission planning and rehearsal.