Crews flying the latest incarnation of the British Army’s primary battlefield utility helicopter can now familiarise themselves with in-flight operational procedures in a virtual environment thanks to training, simulation and consultancy specialist NSC.
Responding to a request from Joint Helicopter Command to the pilot Defence Simulation Centre, the Surrey-based company produced a detailed visual and functional model of the recently upgraded Lynx Mk9a.
The digital recreation of the aircraft, which is currently deployed on operations in Afghanistan, will bring greater fidelity to Armed Forces’ training serials conducted using Virtual Battlespace 2 (VBS2).
Mark Bentley, a senior developer at NSC, said the updated Lynx model would add authenticity to the collective training of helicopter crews.
“In addition to replicating the Mk9a’s distinctive cowling and sensors, NSC’s main effort was to simulate the helicopter’s WESCAM [an electro-optical laser designator].
“The model is not a pilot or helicopter simulator – it is controlled using a keyboard and mouse within VBS2 – but it does allow a crew to get used to working together and communicating with each other.”
NSC is a world-class provider of cutting-edge simulation and analysis-driven training. Since its formation in 1991, the company has forged a reputation for developing and delivering innovative solutions for military and civilian customers around the globe. From operational-level education for senior commanders to individual and collective training for the most junior recruits, Camberley-based NSC’s software and training solutions are used worldwide.
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