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Defence spends $1.7m on ultimate Linux flight simulator

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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has revealed its latest flight simulator runs on Suse Linux-based clusters of Opteron servers and uses an open source graphics platform.

The Defence Science and Technology Organisation's (DSTO) Air Operations Simulation Centre in Melbourne creates virtual words that allow pilots to experience real-world combat situations without leaving the ground.

Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, said the new facility introduces a "far more realistic and immersive experience for pilots and operators".

"By recreating real-life situations in a virtual environment, this facility allows air combat operations to be rehearsed and evaluated at a significantly reduced cost and without putting ADF personnel in harm's way," Combet said in a statement.

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