CLOSE AIR SOLUTIONS
Design and development of infrared laser simulator for training defence personnel
Following the success of the C-EAGR, Close Air Solutions (CAS) approached Cubik for support with the design and development of their next project.
The IZLID is a compact, lightweight infrared laser device used by the military as a command pointer for target marking and communicating with aircraft. It is small enough to fit into the user’s pocket, or attach to their belt for quick access, offering swift guidance to ground personnel over a range of 39km.
Cubik were asked to design an IZLID simulator that replicated the look and feel of the IZLID’s aesthetics, ergonomics and user functions, minus the real world infrared beam. Cubik were responsible for electronic design (Altium), enclosure design (Solidworks) and the development of the embedded software.
The IZLID simulator connects to the CAS simulation system via a single USB lead and sends data back to the system regarding movement. To use the IZLID, the operator points it at the display during a training scenario generating a beam that replicates the position of the IZLID. This gives the operator a better understanding of how the IZLID behaves and reacts in real world situations.
CAS required a small batch of units to enable them to develop their simulator and subsequently sell to the simulator owners. To ensure the low volume of units remained cost effective, the housing was produced in a short run using Vacuum casting methods. On completion of the embedded software we built a short run of units at our in house manufacturing facility.
Throughout the project, we maintained a close working relationship with the CAS team. This gave us the opportunity to truly collaborate in the development of the product and ensure it met CAS original specification – replicating the real world.
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