US Army's 160th SOAR(A) puts CAE-built MH-47G simulator into service
Monday, August 20, 2007 / CAE
Monday, August 20, 2007 / CAE
[FONT=Tahoma, Arial, Verdana]CAE USA today announced the U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment – Airborne has accepted and put into service a new CAE-built MH-47G Chinook combat mission simulator (CMS).
The simulator was delivered to Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, home of the 160th SOAR(A) – also known as the Night Stalkers – in the spring, and recently concluded on-site testing and acceptance. The simulator was delivered as part of the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Forces Aviation Training and Rehearsal Systems (ASTARS) program led by the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI).
The MH-47G CMS features a number of industry firsts, including a collimated display system with the largest vertical field-of-view ever delivered on a full motion simulator and simulation of the common avionics architecture system (CAAS). The simulator also features the first-ever implementation of the Common Environment/Common Database (CE/CDB), a new database architecture designed for the U.S. Special Operations Command that promises significantly enhanced database capabilities to support rapid mission rehearsal timelines.
“The design of the MH-47G simulator, in parallel with the development and implementation of the CE/CDB, was one of the most demanding and technically challenging simulation programs our industry has seen in recent years,” said John Lenyo, President and General Manager, CAE USA. “The 160th demands the most advanced training and mission rehearsal systems and CAE is proud to have delivered this state-of-the-art simulator that will play a key role in supporting the mission success of special operations forces.”
The MH-47G is the newest variant of the Boeing-built Chinook helicopter designed specifically for rapid movement of special operations forces and equipment for counterterrorism actions, strategic intelligence strikes, tactical reconnaissance, infiltration, resupply, extraction, and interdiction operations during night, day, adverse weather, and limited visibility conditions.
“The MH-47G simulator now fielded by the U.S. Special Operations Command is an excellent training and mission rehearsal tool, and is also the baseline for the training system we are providing for the HH-47 Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR-X) program for the U.S. Air Force,” said Rick Lemaster, Boeing HH-47 Program Manager. “This is yet another example of how the HH-47 leverages Army and U.S. Special Operations Command investment, resulting in a proven, low-risk solution for the new combat search and rescue helicopter needed by the Air Force.”
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