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Expanding the visual realm

Whatever the mission, situational awareness is the key to keeping people safe, connected and informed. Today’s technological advances in virtual reality are generating entirely new ways to enhance awareness – in a training facility, in a rescue operation or in the midst of battle.

We’re combining our long-term investments in core technologies, such as synthetic vision, with cutting-edge innovations from our Advanced Technology Center to augment reality – or photo-realistic simulations – with real-time data to enhance safety, reduce costs and more effectively complete missions.

IDVS: Enhanced survivability and mission success

In an often-confusing battlespace, situational awareness can be critical to making better, faster decisions that can literally mean life or death. Our Integrated Digital Vision System (IDVS) combines data information and multispectral inputs to present warfighters with a whole new view of the environment. The hands-free system augments a warfighter’s view with information from headquarters and other forces, and imports digital data and video such as compass headings and map displays. Its light processing and digital enhancement systems allow soldiers to “see through” visually degraded environments, from darkness to dust storms. And the system’s ability to seamlessly transition from light to dark, along with its wide field of view, offers breakthrough performance under degraded conditions to improve effectiveness, survivability and success.

Simulating the world’s most advanced fighter

Flying the world’s most advanced multi-role fighter is a challenge – and so is finding a safe and cost-effective way to train its pilots. So when it came time to develop a simulator for the F-35 Lightning II, Lockheed Martin turned to the company that helped create the world’s most advanced helmet-mounted display (HMD) for that same platform. Our F-35 simulator leverages our 360-degree Griffin™ rear-projected dome, ProSim™ projector, EP®-80 image generator and software and EP2™ real-time software to create an ultra-high-resolution integrated training environment that offers F-35 pilots the same visual experience as they get in theater.

Unparalleled situational awareness

Pilots routinely experience degraded visibility conditions caused by darkness, smog/smoke, fog and other environmental conditions. That’s why we’ve developed our Enhanced Vision System (EVS) and Synthetic Vision System (SVS) to heighten situational awareness in all flight conditions.

Our EVS integrates multispectral infrared and visible images to give pilots unprecedented awareness of the outside environment, including terrain, obstacles and runway lighting, even in degraded visibility environments. And SVS presents a database-driven perspective to the pilot of surrounding terrain and airport details in real time.

To further enhance safety, today Rockwell Collins is fusing both EVS and SVS into a single combined vision system on a head-up display, giving pilots unparalleled situational awareness in an eyes-forward position.

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Augmenting a pilot’s views

The missions of rotary wing pilots are fraught with hazards: Unfamiliar and sometimes unstable environments. Restricted visual conditions like fog and dust storms. And even power lines, trees and other obstacles.

Our HeliSure™ Helicopter Synthetic Vision System (H-SVS) helps those pilots complete their missions safely. Integrating 3D high-resolution terrain databases with real-time sensor data, H-SVS provides pilots with a “real-world view” of obstacles and terrain along their flight path, even in highly degraded environments. This system minimizes the stress of the high-workload, low-visibility situations that are a leading cause of helicopter accidents.

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Mixing reality and virtual reality

When it comes to preparing warfighters for the battlespace, realism is essential. But the traditional ways to achieve that realism often require a significant investment in space, expensive equipment and other assets. 

Rockwell Collins’ Coalescence mixed reality system changes the equation. Coalescence seamlessly blends real-world and synthetic imagery and even physical objects into 3D photorealistic air, sea and land simulations – all in a flexible, portable and cost-effective system. Combining easily upgradeable consumer -off-the-shelf (COTS) technology with Rockwell Collins’ advanced near-eye simulation expertise, Coalescence offers high immersion and engagement for better learning transfer for a variety of simulated tasks, from gunnery to mobile flight trainers.

Watch: Coalescence™ mixed reality system

"Live Virtual Constructive's Impact on the Future of Military Training"

In this Q&A, Nick Gibbs, VP&GM of Simulation & Training solutions for Rockwell Collins, shares his thoughts on trends to watch and factors to consider when integrating today's best innovations into training a mission-ready force.