BAE Systems use Williams F1 expertise to produce new training facility


The worlds of aeronautical and automotive engineering have come together to develop a new state of the art cockpit development and training facility for BAE Systems.

The Training and Simulation Integration Facility (TSIF), based at Warton in the UK, has been created by BAE in partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, whose expertise in simulator technology for F1 perfectly complemented the ideas of BAE and what the global defence, aerospace and security company were wanting to achieve.

The facility, which is believed to have cost in the region of £2.3 million, provides simulation equipment for a range of different BAE Systems’ aircraft types, including the Hawk, Typhoon and future concept aircraft.

Managing Director of defence information, training and services at BAE Systems, Steve Timms, was impressed with what had been achieved.

“This new facility represents a fresh blueprint for the future training of pilots and engineers.

“Such an innovative application of virtual reality and simulation technologies offers a wealth of advanced, more affordable techniques for the training of teams on the maintenance and design of advanced fast jets.

“And this is just the beginning of possible applications for that technology in the sector.”

Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering, Craig Wilson, was happy to lend a hand to BAE, in a collaboration that allowed both parties to learn from one another.

“In Formula One, simulation and training are of the utmost importance.

“We are delighted to be working with BAE Systems on this project, having developed a strong relationship based on shared objectives.”

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The highly advanced technology available, will allow the pilot to experience a range of training and fast-jet cockpit environments, within a twin-seat cockpit simulator, developed using innovative F1 concepts from the experienced Williams team.

Aircraft maintenance and training skills can also be honed via virtual and augmented reality technology, which provides a fully engaging 3D environment, to allow pilots, customers and engineers to analyse and experiment in unique and complex military situations.

There is also “A Classroom of the Future” with wall-to-wall interactive displays that allow virtual tours of aircraft, to improve the learning experience.