Christie Projectors Used in British Helicopter Simulators

Used by the British Army and Navy to train pilots in the use of the new AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter
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Christie, a producer of simulation projectors, says its Christie Matrix StIM simulation projection system is to be used by the British Army and Navy to train pilots in the use of the new AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter.

Christie Matrix StIM, an advanced DLP projection system based on LED technology, will be used in two simulators with full mission simulator (FMS) movement and a fixed-based flight training device (FTD) simulator, the company says. LED systems offer enhanced reliability, supportability and maintainability over current technology, Christie adds.

The simulators enable training mission planning and can be configured to adapt to the specific needs of army and navy pilots, Christie says. Those systems have a six-degree freedom of movement, and reproduce vibrations to ensure that pilots experience the same feelings of acceleration as they would on an actual flight, the firm adds. The simulator systems are to be installed at a training center that is under construction at the Royal Navy Airstation Yeovilton, which will be the home of the British Army and Navy AW159 squadrons. The training center’s simulators will be commissioned in 2013 for Army aircrew training and in 2014 for Navy aircrew training.

The AW159 is the latest twin-engine multi-role, maritime and utility aircraft developed as a replacement for the AgustaWestland Lynx family of helicopters. Designated the Lynx Wildcat, the AW159 is the multi-role helicopter chosen by the United Kingdom to meet maritime attack, surveillance and land reconnaissance requirements.

This helicopter has a complete integrated flight software package that includes electro-optical imaging and electronic surveillance measures, as well as a self-defense suite, among others. All those systems are simulated and integrated in the simulators with the goal of providing the most realistic possible training, Christie says.