The full flight simulation system at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in the U.K., where training facilities for the R.N. Sea King helicopters are based, has upgraded its visual system technology with the new Christie Matrix StIM WUXGA DLP LED projectors. The upgrade dramatically advances the capabilities of their training and simulation facilities, allowing them to support normal visual operation as well as stimulation of aircrew night vision goggles (N.V.G.) simultaneously. For the Commando Helicopter Force and Airborne Surveillance and Control crews, who are tasked with supporting operations in Afghanistan, it fills a critical gap in the N.V.G. training and offers them realistic, state-of-the-art imagery from the pilot’s cockpit.
To achieve the world’s most advanced, true-to-life N.V.G. training environment, an array of three dual-input Christie Matrix StIM single-chip LED projectors were installed, driven by upgraded versions of the ThalesView family of powerful Image Generators.