L-3 Communications’ Link Simulation and Training Division Integrates Advanced Helmet-Mounted Display Technology on UH-60 Flight Simulator
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NEW YORK, NY, November 28, 2005 - L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) that its Link Simulation and Training (Link) division is demonstrating its new production version Advanced Helmet Mounted Display (AHMD) visual system technology as part of a combined arms training exercise.
At its I/ITSEC booth, Link has multiple training entities – including a UH-60 flight simulator – networked together to undertake a mission as a combined force to safely extract a SEAL forward observer team from a potentially hostile urban setting. The pilot operating the UH-60 flight simulator views out-the-window computer generated imagery through Link’s AHMD, which also provides a see-through capability that enables him to clearly view his surrounding cockpit controls.
"The Link AHMD represents a major breakthrough in visual display capability," said Frank Delisle, vice president of Engineering and Technology for Link Simulation and Training. "The AHMD is able to provide unmatched contrast, brightness and vivid color for all types of imagery through the use of a revolutionary optics and illumination design, in addition to integration of solid-state micro displays. We expect to announce launch customers for our production version AHMD during the first quarter of 2006."
The Link AHMD can support both virtual training and augmented operational reality. For virtual training, the Link AHMD can meet deployable training and traditional simulation requirements. In addition, the AHMD can support augmented reality awareness for unmanned aerial vehicle, air traffic control and C4ISR operators.
Link’s AHMD, offered as a commercial-off-the-shelf solution, provides users with a 360° field-of-regard of both out-the-window imagery and systems symbology. The instantaneous user field-of-view spans 100° horizontally by 50° vertically and has a 30° binocular overlap region that induces a sense of immersion. Projected resolution seen by each eye is 1280 x 1024.
By having an eye relief greater than 50 millimeters, the Link AHMD also enables users to wear eyeglasses. In addition, the claustrophobic, closed-in feeling prevalent in other helmet mounted displays is not an issue with the Link AHMD.
Link Simulation and Training, which is celebrating its 75 th anniversary, is a systems integration organization that delivers and supports training systems and equipment designed to enhance operational proficiency. Link’s services include conducting front end analysis, program design, simulator design and production, and field support. Link has its headquarters operation in Arlington, TX and other key bases of operation in Binghamton, NY, Orlando, FL, Broken Arrow, OK, and Phoenix, AZ.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading provider of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, secure communications systems, aircraft modernization, training and government services and is a merchant supplier of a broad array of high technology products. Its customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, selected U.S. Government intelligence agencies and aerospace prime contractors. To learn more about L-3 Communications, please visit the company’s web site at www.L-3Com.com.
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