We designed the simulator structure in close cooperation with Thales, who supplied the training software. Our work included finite element stress analysis to ensure the structure had sufficient strength to be mounted on a 6 degree of freedom motion base.
We produced a high-fidelity reproduction for both working and representative components which fully integrated the electronic and mechanical interfaces with the simulation software. Our system includes fault detection that identifies faults in different subsystems allowing the user to quickly identify any issues throughout the life of the simulator.
We implemented an interface to the simulation software to meet the speed and capability required by the UK MoD. The structure was then ruggedised to ensure that it could withstand the shock and vibration imparted by the motion platform movements.
The force and feel of all the controls were designed to be within a tight tolerance of the measured values for the real vehicle, this was achieved using designs with built in adjustment and then proven via accelerated life testing on those controls.