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DGy Digital Chosen for F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Mission Simulators

Lockheed Martin has selected RGB Spectrum's DGy™ digital recording and streaming technology for use in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) mission simulators.

DGy units will be deployed in the F-35 mission simulator's multiple pilot pods, recording everything the pilots observe during maneuvers, including avionics, out-the-window imagery, target acquisition, navigation, and weapons control. Additional DGy units will be utilized in the Instructor's Operator Station (IOS) and the After Action Review (AAR) facility. Mission simulations will be simultaneously recorded while streamed to DGy units throughout the simulator and to the RGB Spectrum Multicast Video Server. Following the mission simulation, DGy codecs in the AAR room will be used to replay scenarios to provide a post flight assessment of pilots' performance.

According to Tony Spica Jr., Vice President of RGB Spectrum, "RGB Spectrum has many years of close association with Lockheed Martin on a variety of mission critical military projects. We are pleased that Lockheed Martin's exhaustive and comprehensive technical evaluation has culminated in their selection of the DGy recording and streaming system for this major program."

"The F-35 simulators require the highest fidelity encoding and decoding of the most intricate detail on the cockpit displays. Advanced JPEG2000 compression scheme delivers faithful recording and viewing of the F-35 mission simulator's complex imagery and fine symbology. The DGy provides the optimal solution, with exceptional image quality, field proven reliability, and superior performance."

The F-35 is a supersonic, multi-role, 5th generation stealth fighter designed to replace a wide range of existing aircraft, including AV-8B Harriers, A-10s, F-16s, F/A-18 Hornets and United Kingdom Harrier GR.7s and Sea Harriers. Beginning in 2008, pilot-in-the-loop, multi-aircraft simulations will be conducted as the actual F-35 aircraft production and deployment stages commence.

The F-35 is the next generation strike fighter, bringing cutting-edge technologies to the battlespace of the future. The JSF aircraft's advanced airframe, autonomic logistics, avionics, propulsion systems, stealth, and firepower will ensure that the F-35 is the most affordable, lethal, supportable and survivable aircraft ever to be used by so many warfighters across the globe. For more information on the Joint Strike Fighter F-35 program, visit: www.jsf.mil.

Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support (STS) division is developing the training program for the F-35. STS is the preeminent supplier of training solutions across a variety of segments and is a leading provider of modeling, simulation and mission rehearsal tools.

RGB Spectrum® is a leading designer and manufacturer of videographic and multimedia hardware subsystems. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, the RGB/Videolink® line of scan converters, the DGy™ digital recording system, Quadra® universal scaler and synchronizer, SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers and ComputerWall® and MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.