New visual systems on display emphasised scalability and low cost of maintenance provided by PC-based technology.

CAE launched and demonstrated its new Medallion-S top-of-the-line visual system for military applications. The system borrows the same design approach as its commercial sister, Tropos, which Canada- based CAE launched for the airline training market earlier this year, and is based on an open architecture with standardised, off-the-shelf chip technology.

To provide richer, more detailed images, Medallion-S uses the ATI R300 graphics chip - twice as powerful as the ATI R200 chip used for Tropos.

CAE will market Medallion-S jointly with partner Sogitec. Launch customers are the Oman and Singapore air forces.

Meanwhile, CAE's US rival Evans & Sutherland unveiled its top-of-the-line military visual system, Harmony 2, which is similarly based on off-the-shelf PC hardware. The first Harmony 2 has been delivered to the UK Royal Air Force for BAE Systems Nimrod MA4 training.

San Jose-based Quantum3D demonstrated its Independence visual system, which is based on open architecture, PC-based technology - a growing trend in visual simulation technology.

Source: Flight International