logo

sign-up-for-free-cybersalt-today-button

Australian Military Helicopter Simulation

This is supposedly a true story from a recent Defence Science Lectures Series, as related by the head of the Australian DSTO's Land Operations/Simulation division.

They had been working on some really nifty virtual reality simulators, the case in point being to incorporate Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters into exercises (from the data fusion point of view). Most of the people they employ on this sort of thing are ex- (or future) computer game programmers. Anyway, as part of the reality parameters, they included things like trees and animals. For the Australian simulation they included kangaroos. In particular, they had to model kangaroo movements and reactions to helicopters (since hordes of disturbed kangaroos might well give away a helicopter's position).

Being good programmers, they just stole some code (which was originally used to model infantry detachments reactions under the same stimuli), and changed the mapped icon, the speed parameters, etc. The first time they went to demonstrate this to some visiting Americans, the hotshot pilots decided to get "down and dirty" with the virtual kangaroos. So, they buzzed them, and watched them scatter. The visiting Americans nodded appreciatively... then gaped wide-eyed as the kangaroos ducked around a hill, and launched about two dozen Stinger missiles at the hapless helicopter.

Programmers looked rather embarrassed at forgetting to remove that part of the infantry coding... and the Americans left muttering comments about not wanting to mess with the Aussie wildlife!

As an addendum, simulator pilots from that point onwards avoided kangaroos like the plague, just like they were meant to do in the first place.

Powered By JFBConnect

More Jokes

  • Default Image

    A Few Fishing Definitions

    HOOK - (1) A curved piece of metal used to catch fish. (2) A clever advertisement used to…
  • Default Image

    Vulgar Parrot

    So there's this fella with a parrot. And this parrot swears like a sailor, I mean he's a…
  • Default Image

    Tech Smoke

    A guy rings tech support to report that his computer is faulty.Tech: What's the…
  • Default Image

    Senior Ailments

    A group of senior citizens were sitting around talking about their ailments: "My arms are…
  • Default Image

    Exam Help

    The final exam in electrical engineering worried my son, Don. On the last day of class,…
  • father and children

    New Survivor

    Have you heard about the next planned "Survivor" show? Here's the details: - 6 Married…
  • police dog

    Police Dog Freeze

    A friend of mine is a deputy with the sheriff's department canine unit. One evening, the…
  • Default Image

    Chain Fired

    A guy walks into the human resources department of a large company and hands the…
  • Default Image

    Yosemite Bears

    A married couple was vacationing in Yosemite. The wife expressed her concern about…
  • A joke about two hunters lost in the forest.

    Lost Goober Hunters

    If you are wondering what a Goober is, there is a picture of one here. My uncle Joe and…
  • Default Image

    Martha Raye, Stewardess

    I once went for a job at an airline. The interviewer asked me why I wanted to be a…
  • Default Image

    Pie Manners

    In a country home that seldom had guests, the young son was eager to help his mother…
  • doctor4

    Check Up

    A man goes to a doctor for a physical checkup. The nurse starts with certain basic items.…
  • Default Image

    Eat This Up

    Several American nurses were training at a hospital in Liverpool, England. These nurses…
  • Default Image

    Dog Quotes

    "Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant." - Unknown "Whoever said you…