New Generation helicopter Simulator from CAE

By David Oliver

CAE launched its CAE 700MR Series flight-training device (FTD), a next-generation FTD designed specifically for military helicopter flight and mission training, at Farnborough.

“We listened to our customers to design and develop a high-end flight training device that addresses the highest priorities for military helicopter mission training, such as a realistic tactical synthetic environment, extreme field-of-view visual system, and architecture designed for networking and interoperability,” said Gene Colabatistto, CAE’s Group President, Defence and Security.

During recent internal research and development initiatives as well as customer research, CAE identified a market requirement for high-end, fixed-base helicopter FTDs.  CAE won contracts in 2015 and 2016 to provide two Leonardo AW101 Merlin Mk4 FTDs for the Royal Navy and seven Airbus Helicopter H135 Juno/H145 Jupiter FTDs for the United Kingdom Military Flying Training System (MFTS) programme, all of which will be delivered during 2018 and 2019. The H135/H145 FTD are being delivered to RAF Shawbury and use glass-based phosphor wheel which converts laser diode light, and requires changing after between 20,000 and 40,000 hours compared with every 2,000 hours for bulbs of legacy systems.

Development of these high-end helicopter FTDs led to the further development and refinement of the new CAE 700MR Series FTD.

The new FTD offers an immersive, realistic and cost-effective simulator for military helicopter flight and mission training based on the proven CAE 3000MR Series full-mission helicopter simulator, but in a fixed-base platform with dynamic seat for vibration and motion cueing.

Some of the key features included in the CAE 700MR Series FTD include; 240 degrees horizontal by 88 degrees vertical field-of-view visual system in standard configuration with CAE Medallion-6000XR image generator to provide immersive training experience; computer-generated forces software for realistic tactical synthetic environment; simulation architecture designed for distributed mission operations and integrated live-virtual-constructive (iLVC) training to facilitate networking and interoperability and support for Open Geospatial Consortium Common Database (OGC CDB) to enhance interoperable training and mission rehearsal capabilities.

The CAE 700MR Series FTD also supports military-specific mission training scenarios, such as ship deck landings, night vision goggle (NVG) training, and confined area landing training and has spacious area spacious area behind the cockpit that can accommodate four people including rear crew, instructors, and observers.

The CAE 700MR Series FTD is designed to meet or exceed global accreditation standards for helicopter flight simulation training devices (FSTD), such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Type IV and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) FTD Level 7.

The comprehensive CAE Mission Reality (MR) Series training equipment suite covers all phases of fixed-wing and rotary-wing training for military aircrews.