Vrgineers and DigiFlight Partner to Produce Mixed Reality Apache Helicopter Training Solution

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November 24, 2022 – Engineersa provider of next-generation virtual and mixed reality (VR/MR) pilot training systems, and DigiFlighta cybersecurity, IT, aerospace and training solutions provider with extensive global experience in pilot training, announced this week that it has partnered to produce a modern, comprehensive training solution for the Apache multirole attack helicopter.

With over 1,200 aircraft currently in service, the Advanced Mixed Reality Apache Trainer (AMRAT) will accelerate pilot training with high-fidelity MR solutions and therefore significantly reduce the number of aircraft hours normally required to support pilot training. individual and crew duties, depending on the companies.

The AMRAT is built on a proprietary wearable platform designed by Vrgineers, which was originally created for the United States Air Force (USAF). The platform provides an affordable, immersive, and realistic experience without the need for expensive visual display systems, complicated support systems, or unique facility design requirements.

The trainer features two separate but interconnected crew stations (the pilot’s and co-pilot’s gunner’s station), with switches, panels, flight instruments and replicated displays connected to a computer and VR image generator integrated. Currently, the platform runs on immersive flight simulator software provided by ED Mission Systems.

AMRAT pilot and co-pilot stations

“The ability to conduct a seamless mixed reality environment with a wearable haptic flight seat driven by a realistic simulation engine not only guarantees pilot proficiency, but more importantly provides the feel of a unique and authentic experience encompassing complex operational scenarios. saves our users time and effort while minimizing the cost of training infrastructure and associated operating hours,” said Matthias Techmanski, Director at ED Mission Systems.

The new training solution is the result of cooperation between Vrgineers and DigiFlight. Commenting on the partnership, Marek Polcak, CEO of Vrgineers, said, “We believe that by combining our skills, we are able to deliver a training device capable of supporting Apache training tasks, including skills individual and crew, preparing trainees to operate in any environment and meet critical mission requirements.

Polcak added: “This type of modern coach should play a crucial role in training drivers in the future. Not just for Apache, but for Defiant (LMCO & Boeing) and Valor (Bell), which are currently under development and competing in future US vertical lift programs.

Vrgineers and DigiFlight will jointly showcase their conceptual MR Apache Trainer, at I/ITSEC in Orlando, Florida next week. For more information about Vrgineers and its VR and MR pilot training systems, please visit the website.

Image credit: Vrgineers

Sam Sprigg

Sam is the founder and editor-in-chief of Auganix. With a background in research and report writing, he has been covering XR industry news for five years.

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