Thales Upgrades Australia’s Tiger Simulator

By By Emma Kelly, Australia and Pacific Correspondent | September 15, 2014

Thales Australia has completed the upgrade of Australia’s Tiger helicopter full-flight mission simulator (FFMS) to deliver the highest levels of “out of the window” realism of any Tiger FFMS in the world, according to the manufacturer.

Working with prime contractor Airbus Group Australia Pacific and customer Australian Army Aviation, the complex upgrade included fitting the FFMS’ Visual Display System with the latest Barco F35 projectors.

The image generators (IG) were also replaced, with a PC-based IG designed by Thales Australia, using XENON computer hardware.


Thales says both the new projectors and IGs were seamlessly integrated with the existing host computers and visual display platform, providing crews with 240 degrees vertical by 85 degrees horizontal field of view.

Following the upgrade, the FFMS, based at the Oakey Army Base in Queensland, passed it recurrent fidelity check which is required in order to maintain Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority FSD-1 Level 5 (Level D equivalent) accreditation – the highest achievable level.

“I’m impressed with the new visual presentation. It is much brighter, the colors are clearer and the overall focus is much improved,” according to Mick Stone, Simulinc accreditor and director. 

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