Now, Simulation Software To Troubleshoot In Real Time

Updated: Mar 29 2004, 05:30am hrs
Australias Defence Material Organisation (DMO) has awarded CAE (a Canada-based defence company) a contract worth A$ 9.5 million, to provide Simfinity military virtual maintenance trainers to the Royal Australian Navys S-70B Seahawk and Australian Armys S-70A Black Hawk helicopters. A replicated cockpit for the Seahawk is also part of the deal.

The company will provide in-service support, as part of the existing long-term training support contract with the Australian Defence Forces, following the March 2005 delivery of the virtual maintenance trainers, and their integration with the replicated cockpits.

According to Alan Johnson, general manager of CAEs military simulation and training operation in Australia, under a programme called the Next-Generation Simulated Aircraft Maintenance Trainer (SAMTGENX), CAE will leverage the same high-fidelity simulation software presently used in Australias CAE-built Black Hawk full mission simulator to develop CAE Simfinity-based courseware and virtual maintenance trainers (VMT) for maintenance personnel.

The courseware and desktop trainers will give maintenance technicians the ability to diagnose and troubleshoot aircraft systems, avionics and flight control systems in real-time, using the full simulation software
The courseware and desktop trainers will give maintenance technicians the ability to diagnose and troubleshoot aircraft systems, avionics and flight control systems in real-time, using the full simulation software.

The Australian army and navy had a requirement to improve the quality of maintenance training for their Black Hawk and Seahawk maintenance personnel, and ensure the maintenance training could maintain concurrence with the configuration of the aircraft, Mr Johnson added.

CAE Simfinity virtual maintenance trainers were the ideal solution because they leverage the existing full fidelity simulation software and provide the ability to create a more robust training curriculum. CAE Simfinity is widely recognised as the leading PC-based software training solution available, allowing pilots and maintenance crews worldwide to gain practical experience with airframe systems, engine and avionics before starting to train on a full-flight or full-mission simulator, Mr Johnson said.

Storm Shadow

Emerges Winner
French defence company MBDAs long-range, conventionally armed stand-off cruise missile, Storm Shadow, has been declared winner of the Missiles and Military Aircraft category in the 2004 Aerospace Industry Awards.

Shortlisted along with Lockheed Martin, Eurofighter and Textron Systems, MBDAs Storm Shadow won the award for its technological achievement in revolutionising air forces airborne precision strike capability. Storm Shadow demonstrated unprecedented surgical precision against strategic targets when it was deployed for the first time on Tornado GR4 combat aircraft operated by the Royal Air Forces 617 Dambusters Squadron during Operation Telic in 2003.

A total of 27 missiles were fired during the conflict and RAF aircrew and coalition commanders declared the missile systems capabilities in terms of range, precision and penetration to be leading the field in missile design. Storm Shadow has now entered series production for the UKs Royal Air Force and is also entering service with the French Air Force where the missile is designated SCALP EG.

Launched in 1994, the Aerospace Industry Awards is today accepted as the premier programme recognising excellence in the aerospace industry. Organised by Flight International magazine, the Awards alternate between the Paris and Asian Aerospace shows. Storm Shadow / Scalp EG is a conventionally armed, stealthy, long-range air-to-ground missile designed to neutralise high value targets while avoiding collateral damage. This all-weather missile system is optimised for pre-planned attacks on strategic targets whose positions are accurately known before the mission.

Target co-ordinates for the mission are programmed into Storm Shadow/ Scalp EG on the ground, so demands on aircrew are kept to a minimum. The fire and forget missile once launched will find its way to the intended target autonomously, which, combined with the missiles range, allows the launch aircraft to keep well clear of danger from enemy air defences.

Superstars Plea To Canada PM

Canadas best known superstars sent a letter to Prime Minister Paul Martin, recently, urging him to keep Canada out of the Bush administrations missile defence system, according to vivelecanada.ca. The letter was organised by a group of citizens and civil society organisations from across Canada. It also requested people of Canada to pen their names on the open letter along with internationally recognised cultural, political, and intellectual stars. All one had to do was visit www.ceasfire.ca. Sarah McLachlan, Bryan Adams, Sacha Trudeau, Pierre Berton, Bruce Cockburn, Stompin Tom, Steven Page, Susan Aglukark and many more of Canadas superstars have already signed.

Lost And Found

Software Code
Now, some trivia. A couple of years ago, the Federal Aviation Administration announced it had lost the source code to the software that controlled air traffic between Chicago and the regional airports. It emerged on investigation that an angry person, who quit the organisation, deleted the code. He, however, installed it on his home computer, encrypted. The FBI spent six months to get the code back!

(Compiled by the New Delhi Bureau)