Tue, Oct 27, 2009
Helicopter Sims Will Increase Training Time, Proficiency
Boeing has delivered two new Apache
Longbow Crew Trainers (LCT) to the U.S. Army at Fort Hood, Texas,
and the Army declared the helicopter simulators "ready for
training" on September. 4th. These LCTs reflect the Apache Extended
Block II configuration, ensuring concurrency with the latest AH-64D
Apache Longbow helicopter capabilities.
"The Army and Boeing have had a significant collaboration of
efforts in order to reach this point," said Randy Nielson of the
Army's Apache program office. "The LCT brings extraordinary
training capabilities to the warfighter."
The LCT simulates the aircraft's fully integrated avionics and
weapons systems, including a state-of-the-art modem that transmits
real-time battlefield information to air and ground forces.
Additionally, these LCTs incorporate a new image generator that
provides an eightfold increase in terrain- and cultural-feature
fidelity, giving the aviator a more realistic virtual environment
to support mission rehearsal.
"The LCTs at Fort Hood incorporate a new architecture that
improves the reliability and maintainability of the devices to
ensure that they are always ready to meet the warfighter's training
needs," said Mark McGraw, Boeing vice president of Training Systems
The devices use rack-mounted computers for the Mission Display
Processor Operational Flight Program software, eliminating the need
for expensive aircraft equipment that can be difficult to maintain.
The amount of wires and cables on the LCTs also has been reduced
with the integration of a new distributed Input/Output system,
which results in reduced manufacturing work and improved
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