Australia: Thales Australia has successfully completed a modernisation of the Australian Army Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter's full flight mission simulator (FFMS). Working in collaboration with prime contractor Airbus Group Australia Pacific and Australian Army Aviation, the company upgraded the simulator's visual display system (VDS). According to Thales, the upgrade ensures that the dual-dome simulator has the highest levels of 'out of the window' realism of any Tiger FFMS in the world, and was completed ahead of schedule to help minimise simulator downtime.
The latest generation BARCO F35 projectors and a new PC-based Image Generators were both added and seamlessly integrated into the existing host computers and visual display platform, providing the crews with 240-degrees vertical by 85-degrees horizontal field of view. In the final stage of the upgrade, the FFMS passed its Recurrent Fidelity Check, which is required to maintain CASA FSD-1 Level 5 (Level D equivalent) accreditation. The achievement will allow the Australian Army to conduct cost-effective training in the safety of the simulator.