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Army to upgrade air defence training system

written by australianaviation.com.au | December 7, 2009

BAE Systems Australia has been awarded a contract to upgrade the Australian Army’s Advanced Air Defence Simulator (AADS).

The $5 million contract will see the facility, located at the 16th Air Defence Regiment’s facility at Woodside near Adelaide, equipped with new projectors, upgraded computers and software, and other enhancements under Project Land 19 Phase 2B. BAE has also been contracted to operate the facility through to July 2013.

“The new upgrades include a dome display system,” Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, Greg Combet said in a statement. “This unique system is comprised of an array of commercial video projectors that project multiple images into one panoramic view. The entire virtual world consisting of terrain, sky, aircraft and weather is displayed, providing a modern software-programmable training interface.

“The big advantage of the AADS simulator is its ability to create such realistic scenarios using synthetic environments,” said MAJ Christian Hamilton, the 16th Air Defence Regiment’s operations officer. “Even on a training exercise it is impossible to recreate the realism that you can experience using the simulator.”

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