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Flight simulators are only as good as the realism they display. That realism has evolved significantly over the past few years and is headed into new and exciting territory.

According to National Defense Magazine:

CAE’s Medallion-6000 is one such image generator that creates an ultra-high resolution picture for training with fast jet, tanker, transport and rotary wing aircraft. The program is used to train pilots to fly Lockheed Martin’s C-130J Super Hercules and MH-60R Seahawk aircraft in combat.

By using a common database, which holds a variety of simulated environments, CAE is able to produce a realistic picture, [CAE’s senior director of strategy and business development Phil] Perey said.

… Another recently debuted airplane simulator is Leidos’ DASH-8 Aircrew Readiness Trainer (DART). The system was unveiled at the Association for the United States Army annual meeting and exposition in October.

DART offers the military a multipurpose training simulation device that can be used for de Havilland Dash 8-300 series aircraft. It includes an advanced flight deck that can simulate an array of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors, electronics and communication suites using a glass LCD screen.

“It’s an area that has evolved tremendously over the last decade,” Perey told National Defense Magazine. “… The moment the aircrew lift their eyes up and look out the window, you have to create a pretty compelling appearance of that virtual world.”

To read more about other flight simulators and how the technology continues to evolve, please visit NationalDefenseMagazine.org.

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