GE Intelligent Platforms Announces $1.7 Million Contract from Link Simulation and Training

Automated video tracking for Apache helicopter simulation and training for improved troop safety


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, MARCH 09, 2010    GE Intelligent Platforms today announced that it had received an order for automatic video trackers valued at approximately $1.7 million from Link Simulation and Training of Arlington, Texas. The order is for a number of GE ADEPT74 real-time video tracker processing boards that will be employed as a major element of the U.S. Army’s AVCATT (Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer) AH-64D simulation and training system upgrade program.
The GE Intelligent Platforms ADEPT74 is a full-featured automatic video tracker and image processor. It was chosen for its flexibility, powerful processing capability, and the facility to take the input of high-speed digital data directly from electro-optical sensors. A PMC site on the board allows the ADEPT74 greater flexibility for the provision of additional input video formats and image processing functionality.
“This is a significant application of our standard hardware,” said Peter Cavill, General Manager, Military/Aerospace Systems at GE Intelligent Platforms. “The ADEPT74 video tracker provides full emulation of the advanced MTADS targeting system on the latest versions of the Apache Longbow helicopter and allows the delivery of more realistic aircrew training, therefore providing superior efficiency and improved safety for our troops.”
AVCATT is a mobile and reconfigurable virtual simulation system designed to support unit collective and combined arms training. Each AVCATT suite provides six manned modules, reconfigurable to any combination of attack, reconnaissance, lift and/or cargo helicopters. Platforms that can be simulated include AH-64A, AH-64D, OH-58D, UH-60A/L and CH-47D. AVCATT is employed to train both active and reserve component aircrews deploying in support of overseas contingency operations.
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