(Brookline, MA., August 16, 2010) -- MetaVR announces that in July 2010, the Armed Scout Helicopter Project Office updated seven Kiowa Warrior Cockpit Procedures Trainer (CPT) systems with MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG). Six systems are fielded at Kiowa Academics at Ft. Rucker, AL, and one system is fielded at the AMCOM Software Engineering Directorate (SED) in Huntsville, AL. The MetaVR visual systems replaced eight Evans and Sutherland ESIG 4530 image generators. (Evans and Sutherland is now part of Rockwell Collins.)
The Kiowa Warrior Cockpit CPT provides OH-58D pilots with the procedural training required to accomplish most mission tasks required of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. The trainer systems use the shell of an actual
OH-58 with all its control switches. Each system fielded at Ft. Rucker has three VRSG channels, one out-the-window channel and two cockpit displays. The main development system has additional channels that further expand the out-the-window display on the left, forward, and right.
In addition to delivering 26 VRSG channels, MetaVR developed and delivered high-resolution 3D databases of Ft. Rucker and Ft. Hunter Liggett. Each database is 100 x 100 km built from 1 meter imagery and 30 meter elevation posting.
Ft. Rucker is the primary flight training base for Army Aviation and is home to the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) and the US Army Aviation Museum. The U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence is the dominant military facility at Ft. Rucker. Training, doctrine, and testing are all key parts of the Center's mission to develop Army Aviation's capabilities. All Army Aviation training has been undertaken at Ft. Rucker since 1973, as well as training of US Air Force and ally helicopter pilots.
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