HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A Huntsville company will supply a new training simulator to the Marine Corps.
It helps create an immersive experience when it comes to taking down an aircraft.
We visited AEgis Technologies to see a version of the cutting edge of military tech.
The simulator we saw takes realism seriously with bone rattling simulated gunfire.
They project onto a big screen, but when fully executed, the massive digital simulation will actually cover nearly a forty-foot dome.
They've got a M2 simulated 50-cal.
They've also got a Stinger missile system.
AEgis Program Manager Michael Ferranti lists off, "It's got the IFF antennae, it's got the normal sighting system, the boneshakers on it, and the speakers on it."
Plus, rails in along the roof track the weapons as they track targets.
Because practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.
Ferranti adds, "You've got to get used to doing certain things in a certain order with a certain rapidity."
After all, the simulator and equipment costs money, but deploying a system like the Stinger in real life can cost hundreds of thousands per shot.
So you don't want it to be the first time you've tracked a moving target into the distance.
As for the targets themselves, Ferranti notes Marines have options on what they train for, "We give them the ability to create a tactical training scenario based on what they want their students to learn."
Combat of all kinds - just a few clicks away.
They'll take the full simulator to Camp Pendleton soon.
Marines should be training with it come February.