Future cockpit simulator revealed by Williams Advanced Engineering and BAE Systems


BAE Systems and Williams Advanced Engineering have developed a cockpit simulator they say will be used to develop the next generation of cockpit designs for future fast jets.

Williams Advanced Engineering has released a timelapse video of the simulator being built at its facility in Oxfordshire, UK, ahead of its delivery to BAE Systems’ training and simulation facility at Warton, in the UK county of Lancashire.

The twin-seat cockpit simulator will be used by BAE Systems’ engineers, aircrew and customers to optimize the design of future cockpits. The simulator features modular features and interactive screens that can be reconfigured as required and can simulate a range of aircraft including the Hawk, Typhoon and other future aircraft concepts.

Craig Wilson, managing director of Williams Advanced Engineering, said, “Having experience in providing our own training simulators for both Formula 1 and Formula E as well as to automotive customers, it is great to be able to deliver this new system to our partners at BAE Systems.

“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 at 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, all reinforce our commitment to introducing new technologies quickly and effectively through partnering.”

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Ben has worked as a journalist and editor, covering technology, engineering and industry for the last 20 years. Initially writing about subjects from nuclear submarines to autonomous cars to future design and manufacturing technologies, he was editor of a leading UK-based engineering magazine before becoming editor of Aerospace Testing in 2017.

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