CAE Australia has completed a visual system upgrade for the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) C-130J Hercules full-flight and mission simulator (FFMS), which is installed at RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales, Australia.
Upgraded ahead of the original schedule, the simulator re-entered service last month, and is currently delivering an enhanced and more realistic virtual environment to the RAAF for conducting flight and mission training.
Used jointly with the actual aircraft, the simulator provides a near seamless transition for trainee pilots throughout their six-month C-130J aircraft conversion course.
RAAF No. 285 Squadron C-130J training flight commander squadron leader Scott van Ginkel said the upgraded visual system provides improved visual fidelity, including better colours, sharper imagery and improved brightness for training sorties.
"The visual upgrade has delivered the improved realism required for military flying training, particularly low-level tactical operations and night vision goggles, so the RAAF now has a simulator that delivers enhanced operational mission training," Ginkel added.
CAE Australia managing director Peter Redman said: "Global defence forces, including here in Australia, understand the cost benefits of simulation-based training, and upgrades such as this visual upgrade to the RAAF C-130J simulator deliver excellent value and enhanced training capabilities."
The simulator upgrades include integration of the latest generation CAE Medallion-6000 image generator, as well as Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) high-resolution projectors and displays, to provide additional tactical training capabilities to C-130J aircrews.
The company also installed its rapidly updateable open database architecture, common database (CDB) technology, which is capable of allowing correlated distributed mission training.
CAE Australia performs engineering upgrades on in-service simulators of the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) under CAE’s Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) Letter of Authority.
Image: Royal Australian Air Force’s C-130J Hercules full-flight and mission simulator. Photo courtesy of copyright © 2012 CAE.