Christie will supply projection systems to the US Marine Corps for AH-1W Weapons Systems Trainer (WST) Device 2F136A upgrades under a new contract announced on 2 December.
The projection systems will consist of 12 Christie Matrix StIM WQ 1-chip DLP solid state LED projectors.Six display system projectors will be installed at USMC Base Camp Pendleton, and six will be installed at Marine Corps Air Station, New River, in 2015.
The upgrades will see the modification and technical refresh of two existing AH-1W WST systems with the replacement of visual display projectors, image generators and visual databases.
The modified trainers will help teach pilot and co-pilot cockpit familiarisation, engine operation, tactical navigation, and emergency procedures. The trainer supports standalone tactical training, as well as integrated virtual training with other devices; allowing students to practice essential aircraft operations and tactics skills in an environment closely resembling real world scenarios.
The 2F136A WST device comprises several functional systems producing a simulated environment and emulating real world scenarios for AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter aircrews with each trainer consisting of two visual display domes. The training device’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 transition weapon systems, integrated crew, and flight proficiency training.
The contract was issued by Aero Simulation, which was awarded the AH-1W WST, Device 2F136A Technical and Visual Upgrade contract in October 2013.