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Royal Netherlands Air Force Door Gunner Simulator

The Door Gunner Simulator (DGS) is a fully-immersive, projection-based simulator which supports gunnery and aircrew training for the Chinook, Cougar and NH-90 helicopters. The simulator supports gunnery for the M3M and FNMAG weapons systems.

View of the DGS 360° Screen System

  • DGS supports training for both daytime and night operations. The simulator stimulates the student’s Night Vision Goggles so they can train using their own equipment as they would actually operate.

  • Intelligent autopilot is controlled by the instructor using an XBOX controller. Instructors remotely inject faults into all simulated weapons as well as student Night Vision Goggles from the Instructor Development Station.

  • Reconfigurable cabin replicates the area around each gunner position so the students can learn how to operate the weapon within the specific constraints imposed by each aircraft type. All weapon mounts possess integrated aerodynamic torque that it applied to the weapons in “flight”.

  • The simulator is also equipped with a briefing/debriefing area to support training.

  • This was recently upgraded to support Disabling Fire (DF) training with the H&K 416 rifle, completed in October 2018.

Assembling the DGS convertible cabin

This Dutch-language video shows the DGS in action

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