22 November 2012

Thales Simulator Update Supports RAAF Training

22 November 2012

AEW&C Visual Database - approach to Cairns (photo : Thales)

Thales Australia’s Wedgetail E-7A Flight Simulator has received a major update to its visual system, which has been granted the highest level of accreditation in Australia.

The new visual system delivers significantly better colour and brightness uniformity, sharper imagery, superior edge blending, and more realistic weather effects. Other benefits include greatly improved reliability, growth potential and lower lifecycle cost.

Thales worked closely with Boeing Defence Australia on the project, which involved replacing the simulator's obsolete calligraphic CRT projectors with Christie Matrix StIM LED DLP projectors and introducing the latest ThalesViewNG image generator.

The accreditation of the new visual system to FSD-1 Level 5 standard means the system is set to support Royal Australian Air Force 2 Squadron for many years to come.

Located at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales, the Wedgetail E-7A Operational Flight Trainer is a key component of the RAAF’s Wedgetail AEW&C pilot training program. It is the sole Wedgetail pilot training device used by the RAAF, and delivers realistic and high-quality simulated flight crew operations.

The simulator was originally manufactured by Thales and has been in use by the RAAF since 2006.

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