Aero Simulation chooses projectors from Christie for Marine Corps AH-1W flight simulator

CYPRESS Calif., 3 Dec. 2013. Flight simulation experts at Aero Simulation Inc. (ASI) in Tampa, Fla., needed projection systems for the U.S. Marine Corps AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopter weapons systems trainer (WST) device 2F136A upgrades. They found their solution from Christie Digital Systems USA Inc. in Cypress, Fla.

ASI awarded a contract to Christie to supply 12 Christie Matrix StIM WQ 1-chip DLP solid state LED projectors for the SuperCobra flight simulators, which help pilots train to use the AH-1W's array of weapons.

In 2015 six display system projectors will be installed at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, Calif., and six at New River Marine Corps Air Station, N.C., Christie officials say. Christie made the announcement this week at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Fla.

The SuperCobra can carry a 20-millimeter Gatling cannon; Hydra 70 or Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) rockets; 5-inch Zuni rockets; TOW anti-armor missiles; AGM-114 Hellfire missiles; and AIM-9 Sidewinder anti-aircraft missiles.

The Marine Corps AH-1W WST device 2F136A upgrade project will modify and refresh two existing AH-1W flight simulators by replacing visual display projectors, image generators, and visual databases.

The modified trainers will help teach pilot and co-pilot cockpit familiarization, engine operation, tactical navigation, and emergency procedures. The trainer supports standalone tactical training, as well as integrated virtual training with other simulators.

The 2F136A WST produces a simulated environment that emulates real-world scenarios for AH-1W SuperCobra helicopter aircrews. Each trainer consists of two visual display domes.

The simulator's computer systems control two separate training platforms, one housing a pilot position and the other a co-pilot/gunner position. The system provides pilot and co-pilot/gunner switch weapon systems, integrated crew, and flight proficiency training.

For more information contact Christie Digital Systems USA online at www.christiedigital.com, or Aero Simulation at www.aerosimulation.com.

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