BAE Systems is using F1 suspension technology, advanced military aircraft simulators and the latest gaming technology at its new cockpit development and training facility in Warton, Lancashire, UK.

The gaming technologies include commercially available interactive headsets and gloves, BAE stated.

BAE has developed the new training and simulation integration facility (TSIF) in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering at a cost of £2.3m.

The facility offers simulation capabilities for multiple aircraft types including BAE Systems’ Hawk, Typhoon and future concept aircraft.

It allows pilots, customers and engineers to analyse, evaluate and experiment with the next-generation of military aircraft cockpits and future training solutions.

BAE Systems Defence Information, Training & Services managing director Steve Timms said: “This new facility represents a fresh blueprint for the future training of pilots and engineers.

“Such an innovative application of virtual reality and simulation technologies offers a wealth of advanced, more affordable techniques for the training of teams on the maintenance and design of advanced fast jets – and this is just the beginning of possible applications for that technology in the sector.”

The TSIF includes a training cockpit designed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering and harnesses advanced F1 technologies and engineering, according to the company.

"This new facility represents a fresh blueprint for the future training of pilots and engineers."

BAE said that a twin-seat cockpit simulator can be reconfigured to resemble a range of training and fast jet cockpit environments and allows users to trial the latest in human-machine interfaces

The facility is said to use virtual and augmented reality technology to create a fully immersive 3D environment for engineers and pilots, in order to improve their aircraft maintenance and training skills in complex environments.

Additionally, trainees can ‘virtually’ tour the body of an aircraft using synthetic training aids that are designed to improve learning experiences and reduce dependence on expensive physical tools.

BAE Systems also intends to open a new mission systems integration facility later this year for future concept aircraft testing and evaluation.

Image: BAE has developed the new Training and Simulation Integration Facility (TSIF) in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.