F-22 Raptor

Boeing has successfully completed the upgrade of all US Air Force (USAF) F-22 Raptor Mission Training Centers with its high-fidelity constant resolution visual system (CRVS).

Boeing and the USAF completed the final CRVS installations at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.

325th Training Support Squadron commander lieutenant colonel Matthew Zamiska said: "The final installation of the Boeing Constant Resolution Visual System improves the realism of ground-based training and increases mission readiness for pilots.

"This is paramount for Tyndall’s mission of training and projecting unrivalled combat airpower."

The CRVS is designed to train pilots in a more realistic visual environment than current simulators.

It also enables pilots to experience extreme manoeuvres, which are typically practised only in a simulator.

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In addition, the CRVS display offers high-resolution imagery for pilots with nearly 20 / 20 acuity in an immersive, 360-degree visual environment.

Boeing display team manager Scott Whitaker said: "Boeing’s CRVS is unique in that, unlike any other visual system, it provides the warfighter with constant target visibility throughout the entire field of vision.

"The CRVS is a great benefit to the customer top-down, because it provides highly effective training at a low cost."

First delivered in 2010, CRVS is equipped with a variety of other aircraft simulators, including the F-15 Eagle, AH-64 Apache, M-346 Master, BAE Hawk and F-16 Fighting Falcon.

In another development, the USAF selected Boeing as the prime contractor for its Eagle passive active warning survivability system (EPAWSS).

Valued at $4bn, the EPAWSS programme is aimed to upgrade existing F-15 aircraft.

The new threat detection system is expected to replace the tactical electronic warfare system (TEWS) on more than 400 F-15Es and F-15Cs.

Image: An instructor at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida looks down over a simulated coastline from the cockpit of an F-22 Raptor simulator equipped with CRVS. Photo: courtesy of Boeing.