Ft. Rucker replaces Evans and Sutherland image generators with MetaVR systems in Kiowa Warrior Simulators

BROOKLINE, Mass., 16 Aug. 2010. The Armed Scout Helicopter Project Office updated seven Kiowa Warrior Cockpit Procedures Trainer (CPT) systems with the MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG). Six systems are fielded at Kiowa Academics at Fort Rucker, Ala., and one system is fielded at the AMCOM Software Engineering Directorate (SED) in Huntsville, Ala. The MetaVR visual systems replaced eight ESIG 4530 image generators from Evans and Sutherland, which is now part of Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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BROOKLINE, Mass., 16 Aug. 2010. The Armed Scout Helicopter Project Office updated seven Kiowa Warrior Cockpit Procedures Trainer (CPT) systems with the MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG). Six systems are fielded at Kiowa Academics at Fort Rucker, Ala., and one system is fielded at the U.S. Army Materiel Commanc (AMCOM) Software Engineering Directorate (SED) in Huntsville, Ala. The MetaVR visual systems replaced eight ESIG 4530 image generators from Evans and Sutherland, which is now part of Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Kiowa Warrior Cockpit CPT provides OH-58D pilots with the procedural training required to accomplish most mission tasks required of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. The flight trainer systems use the shell of an actual OH-58 with all its control switches, MetaVR officials say.

Each system fielded at Ft. Rucker has three VRSG channels, one out-the-window channel and two Pennwell web 120 79cockpit displays. The main development system has additional channels that further expand the out-the-window display on the left, forward, and right.

In addition to delivering 26 VRSG channels, MetaVR developed and delivered high-resolution 3D databases of Fort Rucker and Fort Hunter Liggett. Each database is 100 by 100 km built from 1 meter imagery and 30 meter elevation posting.

The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior is a two-seat, single-engine, double-bladed armed reconnaissance helicopter. Primarily operated in support of ground troops, the aircraft is equipped with a variety of weapon systems, including Hellfire missiles, 2.75-inch rockets and a .50-caliber machine gun. It has a thermal-imaging system sensor for navigation, target acquisition, and designation, and a laser rangefinder/designator for target location and guidance of the missiles in a mast-mounted sight situated above the main rotor system.

Fort Rucker is the primary flight training base for Army Aviation and is home to the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) and the U.S. Army Aviation Museum. The U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence is the dominant military facility at Fort Rucker. Training, doctrine, and testing are all key parts of the Center's mission to develop Army Aviation's capabilities. All Army Aviation training has been undertaken at Fort Rucker since 1973, as well as training of U.S. Air Force and ally helicopter pilots.

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