Royal Navy’s Lynx Mk8 simulator completes visual system upgrade programme

23 May 2013 (Last Updated May 23rd, 2013 18:30)

CAE has successfully completed a major visual system upgrade to the UK Royal Navy's Lynx Mk8 full-mission simulator on schedule.

Lynx Mk8 helciopter

CAE has successfully completed a major visual system upgrade to the UK Royal Navy's Lynx Mk8 full-mission simulator on schedule.

Earlier, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded contract to CAE to upgrade the visual system on the Lynx Mk8 simulator and provide new databases to support Royal Navy training.

The visual system upgrade to the simulator involved installation of the new generation CAE Medallion-6000 image generator and new visual display system, to enhance the amount of cost-effective synthetic training while maintaining mission readiness.

RNAS Yeovilton Lynx Simulator Facility Royal Navy officer in charge lieutenant commander Nigel Cunningham said that the visual system upgrade aimed to transfer a considerable degree of training from the live aircraft into the simulator while saving on real flying costs.

"The upgrade was achieved on time and on budget, and has brought with it the benefit of allowing Royal Navy aircrews the ability to develop their low-level navigation skills during daytime operations, but more importantly, at night when utilising night-vision goggles," Cunningham added.

"The upgrade was achieved on time and on budget, and has brought with it the benefit of allowing Royal Navy aircrews the ability to develop their low-level navigation skills."

Cunningham further said that the upgraded simulator would support crew training in a range of meteorological conditions simulating real world, in a safe and cost-effective virtual environment.

The Medallion-6000 system has been designed to provide extremely detailed virtual environments and realistic night scenes, enhanced fidelity, highest scene density, and smooth dynamic shadows correlated to sun/moon positions, as well as high-end sensor simulation capabilities.

Equipped with array of sensors, cameras and recording equipment, the Royal Navy's Lynx Mk8 helicopter is armed with Sea Skua missiles and Stingray torpedoes or depth-charges to strike enemy ships, submarines and smaller surface targets.


Image: A Lynx Mk 8 helicopter stationed at a base. Photo: file image.

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