Primagraphics Powers Mission Simulators with Video Record and Replay

1/16/2004 - Primagraphics, the command & control, video and graphics specialist, has supplied its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) digital video record and replay systems to Thales Training and Simulation (TT&S) for Tornado aircrew debriefing.

Primagraphics' systems form part of the RAF's Tornado GR4 Synthetic Training Service operated by Thales. Engineers at Thales' facility at Crawley, England, have integrated Primagraphics' equipment into mission simulators now installed at new training centres at RAF Marham, in Norfolk, England, and RAF Lossiemouth, in Morayshire, Scotland.

"We needed an efficient and cost-effective system that would be capable of recording multiple cockpit and instructor displays, as well as audio communication. This meant real-time recording of displays of differing resolutions," said Amit Talati, Tornado GR4 STE Chief Engineer at TT&S in Crawley, England. "Following a training sortie on the full mission simulator, the recorded information then needed to be played back during debrief sessions on standalone equipment. The Primagraphics solution met these requirements."

For this demanding application, Primagraphics has supplied both the record and replay systems. The record system uses analogue and digital processing techniques to ensure that the data is compressed and digitally recorded on hard-disk at high quality. The record system includes Primagraphics' VME video products to provide high-fidelity recording of the fine detail of the high-resolution video images.

Replay of multiple video channels and audio data is performed on a high-performance PC using an application developed by Primagraphics. The replay system allows the trainer instant access to any point in the mission and provides the facility for fast and slow playback.

John Hunter, sales and marketing director at Primagraphics, said: "Thales Training & Simulation is a long-standing customer of Primagraphics and we are delighted that we have been able to help them with this demanding requirement. By using our video processing expertise, we have designed a system that is very flexible and provides outstanding quality of recorded data."

Primagraphics is a recognised leader in the development of processing and display systems for military and civil applications. Its systems, for VME, PCI, CompactPCI and PMC formats, are in use throughout the world for airborne and shipborne command and control consoles, vessel tracking, air traffic control and air defence systems. Details of Primagraphics' range of cards and systems solutions are given on Primagraphics' web site at For more information please telephone +44 (0) 1763 852222 or email

About Thales Training & Simulation (
Thales Training & Simulation is a world leader in simulation. An international company with 2,000 staff based in France, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia. The Company achieves annual revenues of around US$300 million. TT&S has been designing and integrating simulation and training systems for over fifty years and is totally committed to fully supporting all its products throughout their long life cycle. Thales Training & Simulation is part of the Thales-Group, an established world leader in advanced technology and electronic based systems for the aviation and defence markets.

About Primagraphics
Primagraphics, a specialist supplier of graphics and video display systems for VME, PCI, CompactPCI and PMC formats, is a recognised leader in the radar and command and control markets. Its expertise encompasses radar scan conversion and tracking solutions, as well as compression, decompression and distribution of data (radar and TV video) across wide and local area networks.

As well as providing a range of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products, Primagraphics designs and manufactures high performance systems to meet specific customer requirements. Founded in 1982, Primagraphics' European headquarters is located at Litlington, near Cambridge, UK. It also has offices in the USA and a network of dealers and distributors worldwide. Primagraphics is a member of the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA).

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