Sensor Simulation

AeroSimulators, the first company to provide industry with an Electro–optic/Infrared (EO/IR) sensor simulator, currently offers a suite of such simulation solutions to the aerospace and defense industry within our Gimbal Imaging Systems Trainer (GIST) product line. The primary functionality and objective of the GIST is to allow operators to configure and operate the integrated camera and sensor payloads deployed on a variety of simulated rotary and fixed wing aircraft, and land and maritime vehicles in a stand-alone or shared-training environment.









The GIST system offers a complete, cost-effective solution for Sensor Operator, Tactical Flight Officer (TFO) and Pilot training. While GIST functionality can be integrated into our flight simulation devices, providing a comprehensive Crew Resource Management (CRM) training solution, a stand-alone GIST is available in several configurations and is capable of displaying multiple simulated turrets and of interfacing with differing Image Generation (IG), mapping and ancillary systems.  

The key to using the GIST successfully is to ensure that it is integrated into the customer’s training regime, and that it provides convincing scenarios that are representative of the customer’s mission profile. The GIST comes pre-loaded with several scenarios that are designed to provide operators with a variety of situations to learn and practice the operation and menu structure of the installed turret(s). AeroSimulators also has a team of scenery content database specialists who can construct any required geographical and geo-specific terrain content. They also specialize, in concert with Company Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), in producing the specific environments and missions in which a customer wishes to train and operate. If a customer wishes to learn the skills required to build their own scenarios, the Company can provide training using a combination of theory and practical exercises, with the practical element delivered on the GIST.

Operator interface and control is effected through AeroSimulators' replica Hand Control Units (HCU) or Operator Control Units (OCU) interacting with the specific turret overlay simulation and menu structure, together with an Instructor Operating Station (IOS) which provides control of the training environment and training sessions.

AeroSimulators’ GIST products are used worldwide by military units, commercial aviation operators, systems integrators and governmental and law enforcement agencies. As all of our product lines can be linked via a LAN or the internet across multiple sites for enhanced realism and convenience, users now have access to a more flexible, cost-effective and efficient training program.

Simulator turrets

A variety of turret simulations have been developed and can be delivered off-the-shelf. Should customization be required, this can be done, based on the customer’s need and training requirements.

Turret Simulation Structure

Our sensor simulation products use a building block structure. All components are customizable to your needs or can be combined as standard products as you wish.


Customizable Software Solutions

We offer a wide range of software solutions.

  • Turret Functionality Defines the type of turret and its level of detail. Menu structures, dynamic behavior and outputs are just some of the characteristics defined here.
  • Image generator The GIST is able to use most Image Generators. The optimal choice will depend on the training needs.
  • Pilot Station Part of the task of the TFO will be to inform and steer the pilot in order to obtain a usable image. For this interaction to take place, a basic pilot operator station is available. This is not intended to train the pilot in flying, but the realism of the simulator offers a reliable learning experience.
  • CuRVE A simulated environment needs the correct level of realism in order to be effective. The level will depend upon the training needs, but will encompass scenery, scenarios and objects.
  • IOS The Instructor Operating Station (IOS) is the control station of the GIST. It allows configuration of not only the simulator, but also loads and manipulates the scenarios being run; training can be steered in the direction needed.


Our hardware is based on real components and has been developed, engineered, produced and tested by our own team.

  • Hardware Form Factor The GIST comes in two different form factors: a laptop and a twin station classroom version.
  • Hand Control Unit (HCU) Being the most tangible interface with the simulator, ASG has ensured that the functionality, look and feel of the HCU matches that of the original.