A new Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul (MRO) facility for the Australian F-35 flight simulators’ ProSim projectors will provide regional support for the devices. The recently opened facility by Collins Aerospace (Australia) will also manufacture the specialised components needed for MRO and upgrade work.
“The facility in Australia has recently been commissioned and is expected to produce the first set of ProSim sub-assemblies by the end of September 2020…The Australian site will be the regional repair centre for the ProSim Projectors and part of the global support strategy to support the ProSim products in the Asia-pacific region,” Sonny Foster. Managing Director, Mission Systems, Collins Aerospace. told MS&T.
“The Collins Aerospace strategy is to establish a regional support centre in Australia for ProSim. This is in alignment with Collins Aerospace strategy to create a support hub for JSF related products in Australia,” Foster added.
Collins Aerospace supplies the global F-35 fleet with the Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System (EODAS) optical assembly and approximately 50% of these assemblies are produced in Australia. “This success has built a strong optical assembly capability in Australia that has been further expanded into the sub-assembly manufacture and support of the ProSim projectors currently utilised in the global JSF simulators,” Foster says.
The new MRO site features joint investments by the Australian Government and Collins Aerospace, with the latter ramping up support capability to employ 8-10 highly skilled technicians at the facility.
Collins Aerospace provides the Griffin dome system utilised on global F-35 fleets, which consists of the projectors, image generators and the physical dome.
It provides fast-jet pilots with a 360-degree, immersive simulation training environment, utilising a rear-projected dome, which enables majority of the pilot training to take place in the simulator.
Griffin domes are also used on F-16 and Aermacchi M-346 fleets.