ORLANDO, Fla., 3 Dec. 2008.Boeing selected the Presagis Lyra image generator solution to support the development of the next-generation U.S. Army Apache helicopter simulator (AH-64D) at Boeing's Mesa, Ariz. facility. Boeing will use Lyra in its new Block III Apache Engineering Development Simulator (EDS), the virtual simulation of the Apache weapon system.
Presagis made the announcement at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (IITSEC) in Orlando, Fla. Presagis officials are running the Boeing Apache Block III Engineering Development Simulation System Demonstration at their booth, #2501.
The U.S. Army and Boeing began the Apache Block III Modernization Program in June 2005. Powered by Concurrent's ImaGen visual server running RedHawk real-time Linux operating system, Lyra's multi-channel, out-the-window solution brings enhanced features to the Block III Apache simulator, including realistic rendering of special and environment effects, weather states and rotor effects, as well as entity and large-area terrain management features. Boeing will also deploy the Lyra Sensors image generator, providing the simulator the ability to generate infrared and night-vision-goggle simulations.
"Interoperability between simulation tools and customer applications is vital, particularly as project requirements grow in both scale and complexity," says Patrice Commune, president of Presagis.
Developed from Presagis Vega Prime real-time 3D development environment, Lyra provides an out-of-the-box visualization application delivering 60Hz image generation. The solution operates on multiple hardware and operating system platforms, and utilizes two host simulation interfaces, CIGI and FlightICD, to maximize compatibility with existing simulators. Both Lyra and Lyra Sensors use a broad range of functionality for a diverse range of interactive 3D visual applications.