Barco Inc. will be a strategic provider to L-3 Communications’ Link Simulation and Training (L-3 Link) division in the development of a next-generation SimuSphere display system, the SimuSphere HD.
The QXGA-fidelity visual system is designed to greatly enhance fighter pilot training realism and maximize operational readiness.
“By using Barco’s latest SIM 7 LCoS projectors, the SimuSphere HD provides pilots with the highest level of resolution, brightness, and contrast for the ultimate in out-of-window imagery,” said Filip Pintelon, president of Barco’s simulation business. “This solution also offers customers a much lower cost of maintenance by incorporating automatic alignment control.”
L-3 Link’s SimuSphere HD display solution immerses pilots in a virtual training environment equivalent to real-world flying missions. Multiple Barco SIM 7 projectors beam QXGA-level imagery (2048×1536) onto corresponding display screens that surround the simulator cockpits, providing pilots with a 360-degree field-of-view. HDTV-like display screens are positioned for the pilot’s eye point.
The Barco projection system enables the SimuSphere HD to provide an immersive field-of-view that can display out-of-the-window imagery at 20/40 visual acuity. The SimuSphere HD is field upgradeable to 20/20, and supports training activities such as flight formation, bogey detection/identification, and mission rehearsal. It allows pilots to train as individuals or teams to detect, identify, and attack targets, while gaining training credit equivalent to live aircraft training.