CSTS Dinamika has passed state testing of a motion-base Mi-8MTV-5-1 Full Mission Simulator (FMS) designed to train the helicopter's flight crews in their main tasks related to piloting, navigation and combat employment in a realistic cockpit environment.
This is Dinamika's first motion-base device for the Mi‑8MTV-5-1 helicopter. The FMS was built within a large-scale R&D effort undertaken to develop and implement advanced technologies for flight training.
As a training device of the highest complexity level, the motion-base FMS replicates flight to the maximum degree of realism, not only delivering real-life motion effects, but also enabling a number of specific training tasks, which can be practiced in a high-fidelity environment unattainable in fixed-base simulators. Among others, such tasks include:
around-the-clock taxiing, take-off and landing, under normal visibility of the taxiway, runway, helipad and landmarks (markings) and with the use of available night start aids;
manual and automatic flight, including VFR, IFR and NVG operations;
basic helicopter aerobatics;
combat employment of the helicopter weapons suite in accordance with helicopter role.
In addition, the motion-base FMS provides a more realistic representation of the helicopter's behavior in various critical situations caused by technical failures or air turbulence. Due to its unique training capabilities, which cover all-weather around-the-clock flying and emergency procedures, the FMS offers a new level of training quality, making it possible to train flight crews in a whole range of tasks required according to the Mi-8MTV-5-1 helicopter role.
Based on a full-dome multi-channel projection complex, the FMS visual system covers a FOV from -50° to + 30° vertically and ±95° horizontally, generating visuals for an area of at least 250 km × 250 km. The system provides photorealistic rendering of the out-the-window environment, including visible terrain, moving and stationary objects in the air and on the ground, under various weather conditions, day and night, various type of clouds, etc.
The FMS instructor operator station (IOS) is a standardized structural module that provides organization, management and monitoring of the learning process. In particular, the IOS allows the instructor to set the training scenario, carry out continuous video monitoring of the trainees' actions, update current exercise parameters in-session, perform debriefing and document training results.
The simulator can function as part of an Integrated Training Complex (ITC) or autonomously, as an independent training device.
State testing of the Mi-8MTV-5-1 FMS to confirm the prototype's compliance with its technical and performance specifications was conducted by experts from the Chkalov State Testing Center. The state testing resulted in an approval of the FMS with a recommendation for serial manufacturing.
The history of the Mi-8/17 helicopter family simulators at CSTS Dinamika dates back to 2006, when we built our first Mi-17-1V simulator for the Mexican Navy Training Center in Veracruz. In the following years, the device matured to serial manufacturing. However, until recently all our simulators for this helicopter family had been fixed-base. In particular, working under contracts with a number of civil and military customers in Russia and abroad, we built and delivered such devices for the Mi-8, Mi-8T, Mi-8MTV, Mi-8MTV-1, Mi-8MTV-5, Mi-8AMTSh, Mi-17, Mi-171, Mi-17V-5 and Mi-171Sh. Our first motion-base device to have passed state testing dates back to 2018, when we built a Ka-27M FMS for naval aviation aircrew training.