Boeing has handed over the fourth upgraded F-22 mission training centre with an immersive, 360° visual environment to the US Air Force (USAF).
A total of five F-22 mission training centres were ordered by the USAF to help improve the realism of ground-based F-22 Raptor training.
The newly delivered centre features two simulators, each paired with the company’s patented display, that provide high-resolution imagery for pilots to train with nearly 20/20 acuity.
These simulators are called constant resolution visual system (CRVS).
US Air Force colonel Anthony Genatempo said: "Boeing has delivered what are probably the most advanced high definition flight simulators I have experienced, and they are going to let our pilots realise training unlike any they’ve had before.
"That translates directly into mission readiness."
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The mission training centres also include instructional courseware, software and brief / debrief stations where student pilots can review recordings and data with an instructor.
CRVS is compatible with a broad spectrum of fast jet and rotary-wing cockpits and aviator night vision goggle. It offers constant target visibility throughout the entire field of vision by surrounding the pilot and cockpit in an eggshell-like environment that visually transforms into cities, landscapes, and complex combat scenarios.
The system can easily integrate with both existing and future head-mounted displays, night vision goggles and with emerging systems, such as the panoramic night vision goggles, and the night vision cueing device.
Boeing is scheduled to install the fifth upgraded centre this year. It will also upgrade the previously delivered F-22 mission training centres with the CRVS.
The F-22 Raptor is manufactured by Lockheed Martin. It was primarily designed as an air superiority fighter, and also features additional capabilities including ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles.
Image: CRVS offers constant target visibility throughout the entire field of vision by surrounding the pilot and cockpit in an eggshell-like environment. Photo: courtof Boeing photo illustration.