Qatari Typhoon Simulator to Use CAE's Medallion MR Visuals

 - July 20, 2020, 4:00 AM
Medallion MR e-Series is a fully immersive vision system that CAE says greatly reduces eye-strain and fatigue. (Photo: CAE)

BAE Systems has selected CAE’s Medallion MR e-Series visual system for the full-mission simulators it will supply to the Qatari Emiri Air Force. Announced in early July, the deal involves the provision of four Medallion systems under contracts to be awarded in the third and fourth quarters of CAE’s 2020 fiscal year.

CAE’s Medallion MR (mission reality) e-Series is a fully integrated vision system for fast-jet training. It can offer 270- or 360-degree dome capability depending on requirements, and offers a realistic, immersive environment that supports all facets of flight training, including complex tasks such as target identification, inflight refueling, formation flying, and low-level operations. Active eyewear provides 3D depth perception, and the system compensates for head movement. The modeling definition of targets or points of interest at range corresponds to normal eye limits. It employs industry-standard interfaces such as the Open Geospatial Consortium Common Database and the Common Image Generator Interface.

“BAE Systems did an exhaustive evaluation of the latest visual display systems available for fighter simulators, and we are excited by their selection of the Medallion MR e-Series,” said Thibaut Trancart, CAE’s defense and security managing director for the Middle East. “The exceptional realism and immersion offered by the Medallion MR e-Series helps deliver significant training value by allowing complex and challenging fighter aircraft tasks to be rehearsed in a safe virtual environment.”

Qatar is acquiring 24 Typhoons with BAE Systems serving as prime contractor. The deal includes in-service support and a training package. Qatari pilots are already getting experience in a jointly staffed Royal Air Force unit, No. 12(B) Squadron at Coningsby. Formed on July 24, 2018, the unit began joint flying operations on June 19 this year.