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News & Notes CAE delivers INFRONT 3D system to Netherlands Marine Commandos Following completion of a midlife upgrade recently, CAE UK formally handed back the CAE INFRONT 3D forward observer training system to the Netherlands Marine Commandos. CAE’s forward observer t r a i n e r s p ro v i d e procedural training for dismounted artillery observer teams in a simulated environment. The system delivers artillery call for fire and fire correction training, coordinated communications training, and tactical training. The original CAE INFRONT 3D forward observer trainer at Doorn was supplied to the Netherlands Marine Commando Training Facility by CAE in 1994 to allow “in-field” training. Recent updates by CAE to the forward observer trainer at the Netherlands Army facility in Oldebroek provided the Marine Commando instructors with a proven upgrade path for their facility. This upgrade achieves commonality between the Army and Marine facilities, thus allowing joint development of exercises and a potential for future joint upgrades.

CAE to invest C$714 million in research and development CAE recently announced that it will invest up to C$714 million in Project Falcon, a research and development program that will span five years. The goal of Project Falcon is to expand CAE’s current modeling and simulation technologies and increase the use of simulation beyond traditional training applications to other areas of aerospace and defence, such as analysis and operations. The Government of Canada is investing in Project Falcon through Canada’s Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative. Included in the Project Falcon research and development program is CAE’s continued development of an augmented visionics system (AVS) to help helicopter pilots take off and land safely in blinding conditions, such as brownouts. CAE will also invest in developing modeling and simulation solutions for unmanned vehicles, and develop networking technologies to support joint, distributed training and mission rehearsal exercises. “Innovation is essential for CAE in order to sustain its leadership position in modeling, simulation, and training,” said Robert E. Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, CAE. “We will therefore continue to invest in research and development, even in these challenging times. This new Project Falcon will allow us to continue diversifying by leveraging our core technologies into adjacent segments.”

How “Green” is Simulation? The answer is “very green”, at least according to some analysis done by CAE’s Professional Services organization. The question arose during a meeting in Australia where CAE’s Professional Services team was discussing the benefits of simulation as a “green credit”. Intuitively, most will agree that simulation is green, but CAE Professional Services wanted some hard data so they conducted an analysis to understand the real impact of using simulation for flight training. The results were quite astonishing in terms of the reduction of CO2 emissions. Training in a full-mission simulator reduced CO2 emissions by a factor of 17 to 33, depending on the fuel usage and aircraft type in a live training exercise. In other words, for the same carbon yield you can “fly” a simulator for 17 to 33 hours for every hour flown in a live aircraft. Some key benefits for customers in the increased use of simulation include the economic value in obtaining green credits and supporting climate change by reducing CO2 emissions for training. For more information on this analysis, contact CAE Professional Services at

CAE and Neptec successfully demonstrate AVS technology CAE and Neptec Design Group recently demonstrated Neptec’s Obscurant Penetrating Autosynchronous LIDAR (OPAL) sensor that is integrated into CAE’s Augmented Visionics System (AVS). CAE’s AVS solution is being developed to enable helicopter pilots to operate safely in the most extreme conditions, including landing in brownouts. During testing at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, Neptec’s OPAL was used to successfully penetrate dust clouds generated by the UH-1 test helicopter. Most importantly, OPAL could “see through” brownout conditions opaque to the human eye to easily differentiate between rocks, bushes, sloping terrain, hydro posts, ground vehicles, and wires at distances greater than 200 meters. The high-resolution detail returned by OPAL provides situational awareness critical to helicopter pilots when attempting to land in near-zero visibility conditions. CAE’s AVS solution combines Neptec’s OPAL with the CAE-developed common database (CDB). The fundamental concept for CAE’s AVS solution is to take OPAL’s 3D sensor data and update the CDB for realtime processing of a synthetic image showing the area surrounding the helicopter. A change detection algorithm ensures that the CDB remains up-to-date in real-time. The synthetic image is presented to the pilot on a head-down display or helmet-mounted display, and the pilot retains full control of the aircraft at all times by flying intuitively in relation to synthetic cues produced by the CDB when visual cues are obscured.

Chris Stellwag, Editor Chris Tidball, Frank Bertling, Kurt Bieri, Lisa Prentiss, Contributors Martin Petit, Graphic Design Reader feedback and contributions welcome

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