BWB and CAE select Barco displays to upgrade German Army helicopter simulators

BWB and CAE select Barco displays to upgrade German Army helicopter simulators

5-Jan-2011 Source: Barco

Visualization pioneer Barco is proud to announce that it has been selected by flight simulation leader CAE to supply projection technology for the helicopter simulators at the Army Aviation School based in Bückeburg Germany. Under the terms of the contract, Barco will upgrade eleven helicopter simulators with a total of 88 Barco SIM 7 high-resolution simulation projectors.

The German Army Aviation School (Heeresfliegerwaffenschule) in Bückeburg is responsible for the basic and advanced training of helicopter pilots for the German Armed Forces. Germany’s Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement has awarded CAE Germany a contract to upgrade the visual display systems in the CAE-built helicopter simulators located at the School’s Hans E. Drebing simulator center. The state-of-the-art training facility includes two UH-1D, two CH-53, and eight EC135 helicopter simulators. As part of the upgrade, eleven of the simulators will be equipped with eight Barco SIM 7 projectors each.

“As the complexity of helicopters and other flying systems increases, it is more and more important to give pilots extensive in-depth training with simulators so that they are fully confident when using real helicopters,” says Ulrich Aderhold, CAE. “This goal can only be achieved by the intensive use of high-quality simulators”.

Barco’s SIM 7 projectors deliver razor-sharp, smear-free and stable images for high-speed motion applications. Also, thanks to the QXGA resolution, they provide improved realistic simulations for flight training.

In addition, Barco’s night vision googles (NVG) optimization also allows CAE to use the SIM 7 projectors for true, realistic NVG stimulation – so that the night as well as the day training scenarios are of equally high quality for the pilots.

“CAE has a long-standing reputation in the flight simulation market, and we are pleased to have been selected for this project,” comments Dirk Hendrickx, Vice President Estabished Markets EMEA, Barco. “Barco’s SIM 7 series has been developed specifically for these types of applications to ensure pilots a safe and totally realistic training experience. This complex set-up with eight projectors in a motion-based simulator requires dedicated products. Our SIM 7 projectors are equipped with a motion-based compatibility option and they are also ruggedized to withstand the large G-forces of high-speed motion vibration to guarantee our customers a future-proof visualization solution.”

Barco’s SIM 7 series projectors push the envelope of visualization technology to provide extremely realistic simulation. The Barco SIM 7 series is optimized for multi-channel visualization to provide exceptional contrast, unmatched dynamic range, seamless image blending, and outstanding performance. Specially developed to meet the real-world demands of commercial and military flight training and mission rehearsal scenarios, the Barco SIM 7 series can be easily integrated into simulation systems with spherical, curved, or flat projection surfaces.

About CAE
CAE is a world-leading provider of simulation and modeling technologies and integrated training solutions for the civil aviation industry and defense forces around the globe. With annual revenues exceeding C$1.4 billion, CAE employs approximately 7,000 people at more than 75 sites and training locations in 20 countries. The company has the largest installed base of civil and military full-flight simulators and training devices and, through its global network of 27 civil aviation and military training centers, trains more than 75,000 crew members annually.

About the German Army Aviation School

The German School of Army Aviation (Heeresfliegerwaffenschule) based at Bückeburg, is one of the schools of the German Army and is responsible for the training and development of the German Army Aviation Corps’ personnel and equipment. Furthermore, the basic training of helicopter pilots of the other components of the German Armed Forces also takes place at the School of Army Aviation.

About Barco
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with about 3,400 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 638 million euro in 2009.

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