Boeing has integrated its cockpit training simulator system into Bluedrop Performance Learning’s fuselage, marking a major milestone in the development of the next-generation CH-47 Chinook helicopter Rear Crew Trainer.
The companies have tested the CH-47 Chinook helicopter Rear Crew Trainer in a bid to develop a wireless virtual reality training system, Bluedrop said in a statement.
The fuselage is part of a mock-up of the Chinook helicopter that was manufactured by Bluedrop and installed in its training and simulation centre in Halifax, Canada.
Boeing Americas International Strategic Partnerships senior manager Roger Schallom said: "Bluedrop has designed an important part of a high-fidelity, immersive training environment that will enhance the effectiveness and safety of service members operating the Chinook in the US and elsewhere.
"Together with Boeing’s existing cockpit training device, it allows for fully interactive crew and mission-scenario training, with unparalleled realism for greater effectiveness."
Boeing has spent $2m and provided engineering support during the trainer’s development phase, which began one year ago.
It also committed to support on-going sales and marketing of the new product within Boeing’s global supply chain.
Bluedrop Technology and Simulation vice-president Jean-Claude Siew said: "This major milestone would not have been reached without the full commitment of Boeing’s engineering group.
"The combined efforts and expertise led to the design of the most innovative solution integrating virtual reality and real-time simulation."
Final delivery of the trainer to Boeing is anticipated in early 2017.
The Chinook is used by the US Army, US Army Reserve, National Guard and more than 19 countries, including Canada, the UK, Netherlands, Japan, Italy, Greece, Spain, South Korea, Australia, and the UAE.
Image: A US Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Photo: courtesy of US Army photo by Spc. Glenn M. Anderson, USAREUR Public Affairs / Released.