Today Lockheed Martin officially took delivery of the Embedded Training System for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) which provides realistic and effective in-flight mission training for fighter pilots with the use of virtual entities. This software product is based on E-CATS (Embedded Combat Aircraft Training System) which is a joint development of Dutch Space and NLR (National Aerospace Laboratory).
E-CATS is a training simulator system integrated with the operational systems of a fighter jet, enabling flexible scenarios for real-world exercises. E-CATS provides fighter pilots with in-flight training and simulated combat scenarios, including virtual air and ground adversaries. The computer-generated adversaries show up on the sensors of the F-35 like real hostile threats with realistic performance characteristics. Pilots are able to train individually (single ship ET) or as a member of a team exercising a combat action in the multi-ship configuration of E-CATS.
Training with the E-CATS simulation programme makes it possible to perform the training anywhere, at any time, providing scenarios in limited air space and above sea, where it is nearly impossible to install ground threats.
As fewer aircraft are needed to serve as air adversaries (“red air”), E-CATS will provide cost-reductions through savings on fuel, manpower and airframe life. In addition, E-CATS will facilitate more training content per flying hour and enable training missions to become more complex without adding cost. In short, it is estimated that millions of dollars could be saved annually. The need for less ‘red air flights’ during training missions will also reduce environmental impact.
E-CATS the cornerstone capability for LVC
Within the concept of Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) training now being explored by many air forces, the embedded E-CATS functionality in the F-35 provides a cornerstone capability. E-CATS provides the virtual threat environment as the constructive aspect of LVC. With E-CATS on-board, the fighter pilot can participate in mission training sessions within the confines of a LVC range, and also train anywhere, anytime, without the need of an instrumented training range.
Source: Dutch Space
Date: Jul 12, 2012