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Japan's pilots need digital coach to prepare for combat: contractor

Tokyo's increased defense spending attracts arms industry from Israel to Canada

CAE's digital flight simulator prepares pilots to make split-second decisions on a fifth-generation fighter.    © CAE

TOKYO -- The cockpit of a fifth-generation fighter, such as the F-35, is filled with computers that help the pilot make split-second decisions about potential dangers in the environment they are flying through.

Awareness of these risks is what distinguishes the best pilots -- and could be the deciding factor in war, experts say.

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