Boeing Receives $20 Million Contract to Upgrade F-15C Trainers

The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny [NYSE: BA] received a $20 mil­lion con­tract in Sep­tem­ber from the U.S. Air Force to upgrade the visu­al sys­tems in the F-15C Mis­sion Train­ing Cen­ters. Twelve MTCs, locat­ed at Lan­g­ley Air Force Base, Va., Roy­al Air Force Lak­en­heath, Unit­ed King­dom, and Kade­na Air Base, Japan, will be upgrad­ed with Boeing’s Con­stant Res­o­lu­tion Visu­al Sys­tem (CRVS).
CRVS is the cen­ter­piece of a com­plete train­ing suite that pro­vides 360 degrees of immer­sive train­ing, with a sig­nif­i­cant­ly low­er cost than pre­vi­ous visu­al sys­tems. By using stan­dard, off-the-shelf pro­jec­tors, the sys­tem is able to take advan­tage of the rapid­ly improv­ing tech­nol­o­gy emerg­ing in the com­mer­cial mar­ket­place.
“A key fea­ture of the CRVS is the abil­i­ty to train with the Joint Hel­met Mount­ed Cue­ing Sys­tem and night vision gog­gles, both of which will be used in the F-15C MTC,” said Mark McGraw, Boe­ing vice pres­i­dent for Train­ing Sys­tems & Ser­vices.
The Boe­ing CRVS reduces total sys­tem life cycle cost by min­i­miz­ing the num­ber of pro­jec­tors by one-third to one-half the num­ber of pro­jec­tors used in com­pet­ing sys­tems. The sys­tem is com­pat­i­ble with a full array of fast jet and rotary wing cock­pits.
CRVS is unique because it is the only sys­tem to pro­vide con­stant res­o­lu­tion through­out the field of view,” added McGraw. “It elim­i­nates a key prob­lem with oth­er sys­tems, where the vis­i­bil­i­ty of tar­gets varies depend­ing on where the pilot looks. Our design pro­vides increased per­for­mance, yet is sim­ple in con­cept.”
Instal­la­tion of the F-15C visu­al sys­tems will begin in Octo­ber 2012 and will be com­plet­ed by Jan­u­ary 2013, allow­ing train­ing to start by the end of that month.
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