Working in collaboration with BAE Systems, Williams Advanced Engineering has unveiled a revolutionary cockpit simulator that will be used to develop the next generation of cockpit designs for future fast jets.
The state-of-the-art simulator was revealed in a timelapse video of the build, which took place at the Williams facility in Oxfordshire ahead of delivery to BAE Systems’ training and simulation facility at Warton, Lancashire.
The collaboration, said Williams Advanced Engineering, “brings advanced Formula One-bred design and engineering know-how to the design of a twin-seat cockpit simulator which will be used by engineers, aircrew and customers to optimise the design of the future cockpit”.
The simulator has modular features and interactive screens which can be reconfigured as required along with the sleek and ergonomic lines of a Formula 1 car.
Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering, said: “We are applying our capabilities across training and simulation, aerodynamics, electrification, manufacturing and lightweight and composite materials to ever more sectors and defence is a natural fit for our team to apply their expertise.”
Julia Sutcliffe, Chief Technologist, BAE Systems Air, said: “Working with other leading innovative companies like Williams Advanced Engineering is a key focus for BAE Systems. In this case, we’ve been able to introduce design features that we wouldn’t have normally considered and we’ve done it quickly. This project, along with many others, such as our work with Reaction Engines on a hypersonic rocket engine and developing a solar powered air vehicle with aerospace SME Prismatic Ltd, all reinforce our commitment to introducing new technologies quickly and effectively through collaboration and partnering.”
The simulator can simulate a range of aircraft including the Hawk, Typhoon and other future aircraft concepts.
Source: Williams Advanced Engineering