CAE completes upgrade of RAAF C-130J simulator

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 22, 2013
CAE has installed upgraded visual systems in the RAAF's C-130J simulator. (CAE)

CAE Australia has completed a comprehensive visual system upgrade for the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) C-130J full-flight and mission simulator (FFMS) located at RAAF Base Richmond.

The simulator re-entered service ahead of schedule last month and is providing the RAAF with an enhanced and more realistic virtual environment to conduct flight and mission training.

“The new visual system offers significantly increased visual fidelity including better colour, sharper imagery and improved brightness,” said Squadron Leader Scott van Ginkel, C-130J Training Flight Commander for the RAAF’s 285SQN.

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“We conduct as much training as possible in simulation because it is safe and cost-effective, and the C-130J simulator is our primary training aid for accomplishing this objective. 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.”

The RAAF C-130J FFMS was upgraded with the latest generation CAE Medallion-6000 image generator as well as Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) high-resolution projectors and displays. In addition, the RAAF C-130J FFMS now incorporates the CAE-developed common database technology, which is an open database architecture that is rapidly updatable and enables correlated distributed mission training.

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