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F 35 JSF v/s Dassault Rafale

Discussion in 'The Americas' started by Picdelamirand-oil, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. Averageamerican

    Averageamerican Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    You get what you pay for, except for India of course they paying ten times what the Rafale is worth.
     
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    Pilots begin training on new F-35 fighter jet simulator


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    An immersive environment: these simulators get pilots as close to reality as possible
    3 April 2017 • 11:30am

    Pilots are preparing for operations with the F-35 warplane using a new virtual reality simulator worth £2 million.

    Test pilot Peter Wilson faces treacherous conditions when landing the new F-35 warplane on the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier. Pitching seas, 40 knot gales and gear failure – and if he’s really unlucky, the brakes fail, or a tyre bursts – are just some of them. But fortunately, none of this is real.

    “The beauty of simulation is that you can more or less create any conditions you can imagine,” he says. “And the ships and planes will certainly encounter all these in service during the next 50 years.”


    You can create any conditions you can imagine
    A former pilot in the RAF, Mr Wilson is preparing to fly a simulator worth £2 million built by BAE Systems, which offers an immersive environment allowing engineers and technicians to test just about every system and situation a pilot might encounter when landing on or taking off from the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier. “We adjust to the pitch and roll of the oceans, to air turbulence or potential failures in the plane – anything that will have an impact on a pilot’s ability to operate and land.”

    “Real” fighter jet trials from the new Queen Elizabeth Class carrier won’t take place until 2018, after teams have gathered the extensive evidence and data required from simulated flights. Simulators save millions of pounds worth of testing and wear and tear on the planes themselves. “Seventy years ago my job would have been high risk and my life expectancy low,” says Mr Wilson. “Today that level of risk for men and women is not acceptable.”
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    Advanced technology: the computing power required to create this level of virtual reality is huge
    This is no ordinary simulator. Housed within a vast dome at Warton aerodrome in Lancaster, the immersive environment is so real, sometimes Mr Wilson genuinely fears he may crash. “This is nothing like the types of simulator rides you might find at a fairground,” he says. “It’s important to get as close to reality as possible – it has to feel right.” The height and angle of the seat, the view from the cockpit, the thrust of acceleration and pitch of the plane – every element is as true to life as possible, to create an utterly credible experience for the pilot. Even the waves on the ocean and whitecaps look real. “The computing power required to create this level of virtual reality is huge.”

    Every element is as true to life as possible, to create an utterly credible experience for the pilot
    In a simulator, pilots also test certain procedures until the team is confident these would work in a real situation. “If a pilot is going too fast relative to the speed of the ship, he might literally roll off the end and a pilot is not best placed to judge this. So we would put another person in the loop on the carrier to assess this, for instance,” says Mr Wilson.

    Over the next four months, different test pilots will “fly” BAE Systems’ simulator to assess weaknesses in the plane and pilot and test just about every scenario. These new fighter jets are fitted with the most advanced technology ever deployed and the UK’s F-35B model can take off and land vertically.

    While technology exists to send out unmanned drones, it will be decades before a fighter jet such as this functions solely on autopilot, says Mr Wilson. “This is about the decision making process and you need a pilot, there will always be the need for a human in the loop. You can’t have situational awareness unless you are really there.”
     
  3. BON PLAN

    BON PLAN Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    We are afraid that F35 will only be astonishing in simulator ....
    A little bit costly that way to developp a Flight Simulator 35 ....
     
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