MetaVR announces that in February 2011, MetaVR 3D real-time visuals were used in five different types of simulators as part of a Close Air Support exercise by several participating sites during the Virtual Strike 11-1 warfighter tactical training exercise orchestrated by the Distributed Mission Operation Center (DMOC) at Kirtland Air Force Base.
As part of the virtual exercise, MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) visuals were used for the joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) first person simulator with target designation as well as for a simulated UAV feed at the DMOC, for the out-the-window and sensor views for the A-10 full mission trainers (FMT) from the Arkansas ANG's 184 FS and Michigan ANG's 127 FW, and for first person JTAC mode via the Illinois Air National Guard 169 ASOS from Peoria, Ill. All the sites were linked together using the Air Force's secure long haul network infrastructure.
Focused on integrated JTAC and Joint Fires Observer Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) training related to close air support, joint fire support and joint air attack teams, this Joint Close Air Support (JCAS) proof-of-concept Air Support Operations Squadron training was significant for being a fully distributed Air Support Operations Center (ASOC) JTAC exercise.
In a synthetic, joint, and coalition combat environment, Virtual Strike 11-1 featured the integration of armed, over watch, and ISR aircraft with full motion video to find, fix, identify, track, target, engage, and assess fixed and moving targets, as described in the March 21, 2011, issue of C2 Warrior newsletter.
The DMOC's Joint Close Air Support Operations Simulator (JCOS) at Kirtland AFB consists of 5 MetaVR VRSG channels including an out-the-window view (OTW), 3 channels that emulate the view in handheld command and control (C2) devices including the M22 binoculars, the Mark VII laser range finder and the GLTD II laser target designator, and a single AAR/stealth channel. VRSG also provides a UAV-produced ROVER feed for the JCOS through the Air Force Synthetic Environment for Reconnaissance and Surveillance (AFSERS).
VRSG, in its First Person Simulator JTAC mode, is used to populate the JTAC coordinate location field critical to the functionality of the integrated Tactical Air Control Party Close Air Support System (TACP-CASS). By producing a target coordinate location overlay display for the Mark VII LRF, VRSG provides emulated Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR) functionality. VRSG also is integrated with the radio emulator that was recently added to the TACP-CASS.
Since 2001, the U.S. Air Force has used MetaVR's real-time 3D visualization software for the A-10 FMTs as part of an Aircrew Training Systems program to equip new and existing sites with networked training systems that train U.S. pilots for close air support missions in conjunction with JTAC simulators. The base A-10 FMT simulator configuration uses MetaVR VRSG to drive an eight-screen display derived from the Mobile Modular Display for Advanced Research and Training (M2DART). Other visual channels are used to provide the sensor views, such as for the A-10 Maverick missile and Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP).
MetaVR visuals are Air Combat Command (ACC) approved JTAC Simulators that may be used to complete JTAC Simulator terminal attack control requirements of AFI 13-112, Volume 1, which represent valid credits towards simulated missions.
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