Boeing shows flight simulator

Aug. 16, 2011 at 6:28 AM
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BRASILIA, Brazil, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Brazilian legislators and the public will be able to "fly" a Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Block II simulator.

The simulator, being placed in the National Congress Building in Brasilia, is being showcased this week as the company participates in a public hearing organized by the National Defense Committee of the Brazilian Senate to discuss the Super Hornet's capabilities and how it meets Brazilian air force's requirements.

"We look forward to answering any questions that the Brazilian senators may have in regard to Boeing's Super Hornet offering in the F-X2 fighter competition," said Joe McAndrew.

"In addition to helping Brazil achieve air dominance, Boeing can be a strategic partner in several areas, including education, bio-fuels, satellites, unmanned systems, networking and critical infrastructure protection."

McAndrew is Boeing Defense, Space and Security unit's vice president of International Business Development for Europe, Israel and the Americas.

The simulator includes a front and rear cockpit and demonstrates the capabilities of the single-seat E model and the two-seat F model. Its 180-degree projection screen offers virtual-reality visibility of cities, forests, roads and buildings, as well as enemy aircraft.

The system is capable of demonstrating simulated aerial combat and air-to-ground targeting, navigation, and mission systems operation. Operators also can practice landing on and taking off from runways or an aircraft carrier.

The Super Hornet strike fighter is in service with the U.S. Navy and the Australian air force and is one of the finalists in Brazil's F-X2 fighter competition.

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