Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:17 - Updated Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:17
New multi-million dollar center can propel military pilots to 9G force
LONDON-- A 58-million-U.S.-dollar training center able to propel military pilots to a force of 9G was opened Monday by the British Royal Air Force (RAF).
Send by email
To share this news by email, fill out the information below and click Send
To report errors in the texts of articles published, fill out the information below and click Send
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier opened the state-of-the-art High-G training and test facility at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire.
The center will be used by fast jet pilots in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force to replicate flights in military aircraft such as the Hawk, Typhoon and new F-35 Lightning aircraft.
Pilots are able to experience up to 9G -- nine times the normal gravitational pull of the Earth -- and learn how to use their specialist in-cockpit flying equipment to help them cope with these stresses. The centrifuge can accelerate up to 9G in one second and rotate up to 34 times a minute.
"The new facility revolutionises High-G training as pilots are not simply strapped into the device and exposed to G-force but are able to 'fly' as they would in a flight simulator as the pilot manoeuvres the aircraft and applies the G-force," said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense (MOD).
Hillier said the center will provide a step-change in how British military pilots are trained. "By exposing our Typhoon, Lightning and Hawk pilots to High-G forces in a tailor-made and completely controlled environment, we are significantly enhancing safety in the air and making a major contribution to our operational effectiveness," he said.
Pilots benefit from a cockpit which closely represents that of their normal aircraft enabling them to conduct a plethora of training scenarios from air-to-air combat to dealing with in-bound missile threats.
The new facility replaces a High-G trainer that dates from the 1950s and no longer matches the performance of the modern fast jet aircraft such as the F-35 and Typhoon. Up to 300 aircrews will receive training on the centrifuge each year,XINHUA.
- 05/02/2019 12:19:55
LOS ANGELES-- Three Chinese blockbusters will be released in the United States on Tuesday, the Chinese Lunar New Year's Day.
- 05/02/2019 12:08:15
BRUSSELS - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday the EU executive was not needlessly blocking corporate mergers, a comment seemingly aimed at complaints in France and Germany over its expected rejection of a merger between Siemens’ and Alstom’s rail businesses.
- 05/02/2019 12:01:21
BEIRUT- U.S. dollars are being offered in Lebanon’s local market to buy Lebanese pounds since the formation of a new government, al-Jadeed television quoted the central bank governor, Riad Salameh, as saying on Tuesday.