Canadian Armed Forces Pick Christie Projectors for Simulators

Units part of upgrade used in aircraft transport training.
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Canada’s armed forces have installed Christie’s Matrix StIM projection system as part of an upgrade to its aircraft crew training simulators.

The Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)-Toronto, an agency of the Canadian Department of National Defence, selected the Christie projection system to be part of a major technology upgrade to train crews of the CC130 J-model transport aircraft, and other military aircraft, in threat reaction.

Located at the 17,000 square-meter Air Mobility Training Centre in Trenton, Ontario, the two projectors were installed in the department’s Hercules observer trainer (HOT) simulator, Christie says. The HOT includes a mock-up of a CC130 J-model transport aircraft with a re-configurable crew station, swappable door and window, that overlooks a 1.5-meter radius hemispherical screen where computer-generated images of gunfire, missile and airborne threats are simulated.

The Royal Canadian Air Force uses the HOT simulator to train aircrews in combat, and search and rescue scenarios. The goal of the training is for military personnel to become faster and more accurate in detecting threats and search targets, according to Christie. The training is designed to increase a trainee’s speed of adaptive responses so that a quick assessment of a threat is communicated and defensive actions initiated. In addition, the HOT can network with other flight simulators, allowing entire crews as well as multiple aircrews to train together as a team.

Christie worked with the DRDC and industry partners during the design phase to ensure that the projection system met the program requirements. The two dual-input Christie Matrix StIM projectors provide the DRDC’s visual system with a higher resolution image and wider field of view from the aircraft for a more realistic training experience, including day and night missions, the company says.

When the DRDC was searching for the latest-generation visual systems with Infra-red capabilities, the Christie solution was the most mature system available, said Stuart Grant, DRDC defense scientist. The Christie Matrix StIM has the means for delivering the features needed for night vision goggle stimulation, as well as blending, warping and other capabilities, he said. “We also selected it for its low heat emission due to its LEDs, an important consideration for our trainees who were often subject to uncomfortable heat levels.”