The new visual system delivers significantly better colour and brightness uniformity, sharper imagery, superior edge blending, and more realistic weather effects. Other benefits include greatly improved reliability, growth potential and lower lifecycle cost.
Thales worked closely with Boeing Defence Australia on the project, which involved replacing the simulator's obsolete calligraphic CRT projectors with Christie Matrix StIM LED DLP projectors and introducing the latest ThalesViewNG image generator.
The accreditation of the new visual system to FSD-1 Level 5 standard means the system is set to support Royal Australian Air Force 2 Squadron for many years to come.
Located at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales, the Wedgetail E-7A Operational Flight Trainer is a key component of the RAAF’s Wedgetail AEW&C pilot training program. It is the sole Wedgetail pilot training device used by the RAAF, and delivers realistic and high-quality simulated flight crew operations.
The simulator was originally manufactured by Thales and has been in use by the RAAF since 2006.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the Aerospace & Transport markets. In 2011, the company generated revenues of €13 billion (equivalent of AUD 17.5 billion) with 67,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners.
Thales Australia is a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force and is also present in commercial sectors ranging from air traffic management to security systems and services. Employing around 3,300 people in over 35 sites across the country, Thales Australia recorded revenues of more than AUD 962 million in 2011.