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Government of Canada Selects Christie for Major Hercules Simulator Upgrade

Christie® today announced that Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) -Toronto, an agency of the Canadian Department of National Defence, has selected the award-winning Christie Matrix StIM™ projection system as part of a major technology upgrade to train threat reaction by aircrew of the CC130 J-model transport aircraft and other military aircrafts. Stationed in Canada’s new 17,000 square meter Air Mobility Training Centre in Trenton, Ontario, the two projectors are installed in the Department’s Hercules Observer Trainer (HOT) simulator. The HOT includes a correctly-sized mock-up of a CC130 J-model transport aircraft with a re-configurable crew station, swappable door and window, overlooking a 1.5 meter radius hemispherical screen and computer-generated images of gunfire, missile, and airborne threats.
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The Royal Canadian Air Force uses the revolutionary HOT simulator to train loadmasters in “true-to-life” scenarios. HOT simulates combat and search and rescue scenarios, training military personnel to become faster and more accurate in detecting threats and search targets. This increases the speed of their adaptive responses so that a quick assessment of imminent threat is communicated and defensive actions initiated. Equally impressive, the HOT can network with other flight simulators, allowing entire crews and even multiple aircrew to train together as a team.
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Christie worked with the DRDC and industry partners during the design phase to ensure that the projection system met the program requirements. With the upgrade, its visual system is now powered by two dual-input Christie Matrix StIM™ projectors that provide a higher resolution image and wider field of view from the aircraft for a more realistic training experience. Employing their headset and countermeasure dispenser, students train for day and night missions, stimulating their night vision goggles (NVG) with the Christie Matrix StIMs, something that couldn’t be achieved with a single projector with the first version of HOT. Results of data showed that with the HOT, trainees made 79 percent fewer errors and reduced their response time by 11 percent.
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“We have worked with Christie before and their products and expertise are both reliable,” said Stuart Grant, Defense Scientist, DRDC. “When we were looking for the latest-generation visual systems with Infra-red capabilities, the Christie solution was the most mature system available. The Christie Matrix StIM has the means for delivering the features we needed for NVG stimulation, as well as blending, warping and other capabilities. We also selected it for its low heat emission due to its LEDs, an important consideration for our trainees who were often subject to uncomfortable heat levels.”
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According to Jeff Clark, President of Renaissance Sciences Corporation, and NVG visual system integrator on the HOT project, “We recommended the Christie technology for its ability to provide four color NVG scenes, instead of the three-color industry standard. Our software is capable of deploying six different wavebands of simulation on one video card, so working with the Christie Matrix StIMs led to an impressive convergence of NVG stimulation technology.”
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“Christie integrated simulation solutions are comprised of leading-edge display technology and world-class system integration expertise,” noted Zoran Veselic, vice president, Christie Visual Environments. “Canadian federal agencies are making impressive gains in simulation training and development, and Christie is proud to play a role in helping them implement the latest, cutting edge visual technologies with the most important, sought-after features and the lowest cost of operation.”
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The award-winning Christie Matrix StIM is the world’s first true solid state LED-based simulation projection system and the first to provide simultaneous and independent control over both the visible and near-IR spectrum using LED illumination. It utilizes Christie TrueIMAGE™ integration tools for geometry, image blending and warping, color and brightness uniformity, low-latency and overall reliability and sustainability. Built with no consumables for a virtually maintenance-free system, the StIM features extraordinarily long life, image quality and ease of service.

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