SEA supports UK Chinook/MARS project
SEA is providing modelling and simulation support to the UK Ministry of Defence Chinook project team as a method of assessing key aircraft handling qualities, Cohort announced on 27 September.
The work is being carried out ahead of sea trials of the Chinook helicopter that will operate from the new Tide class Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) vessels.
The project involved updating the SEA-developed Ship/Air Interface Framework (SAIF) simulation capability, and then linking it with the Chinook flight simulator operated by Boeing in Philadelphia.
The SAIF simulation provides an open architecture through which high fidelity ship air wake and ship motion data can be injected into a flight simulator to provide a highly realistic flight simulation environment to assess pilot workload and aircraft limitations when undergoing deck landings.
SEA subsequently supported a simulated flight trial of the Chinook operating from a Tide class tanker, with the SAIF software and hardware operating with 100% reliability.The Tide class is a new fleet of four tankers being constructed for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary to enter service in 2017.
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