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Continued Deployment of A-10 Aircrew Training Systems to the United States Air Force

The U.S. Air Force uses nearly 400 MetaVR VRSG™ licenses in the A-10 Full Mission Trainer (FMT) program for coordinated close-air-support training missions between pilots and Joint Terminal Air Controllers (JTACs). In addition, software maintenance was purchased for nearly VRSG 300 licenses. The latest purchase of 44 new VRSG licenses are used to expand the field-of-view of the existing simulators, which will provide greater immersion and situational awareness for the pilot.

VRSG real-time rendering of an A-10C entity flying over the geospecific 2 cm per-pixel resolution synthetic 3D terrain of the Prospect Square area of the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG).
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Since 2001, MetaVR has been the primary supplier of 3D real-time visuals for the A-10 Full Mission Trainer (FMT) used in the A-10 Aircrew Training System. The U.S. Air Force uses VRSG 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 A-10 Aircrew Training System is defined as a Full Mission Trainer (FMT), a Hand-on-Throttle and Stick Trainer (HOTAS), a Brief/De-Brief System, and their supporting systems and equipment.

A-10 FMT installation at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The simulator uses MetaVR multi-channel visual systems. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.
A-10 FMT simulator at Moody AFB with MetaVR multi-channel visuals.

The A-10 FMT uses MetaVR visuals for the out-the-window and sensor views and consists of a high-fidelity replica of an A-10 aircraft cockpit, an Instructor Operator Station (IOS), a visual system and other equipment that provides trainees initial and ongoing training for flight, mission, and tactics. The HOTAS trainer is an A-10C precision-engagement functionality trainer used for initial A-10C pilot conversion and training.

Ten sites have one or more MetaVR-based A-10 FMT simulators:  Baltimore Air National Guard Base (ANGB), MD, Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), LA, Boise ANGB, Gowan Field, ID, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, Ft. Smith ANGB, AR, Ft. Wayne ANGB, IN, Moody AFB, GA, Osan AB, Korea, Selfridge ANGB, MI, and Whiteman AFB, MO.

On the left, a 47th Fighter Squadron A-10 instructor pilot demonstrates the capabilities of an A-10 Full Motion Trainer at Davis Monthan AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Nathan H. Barbour.) On the right is U.S. Air Force 23d Wing vice commander utilizing switches during training in an A-10C Full Mission Trainer at Moody Air Force Base, GA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Nash/Released.)
Pilot practicing night flying in the A-10 FMT with MetaVR visuals at the 355th Operations Group at Davis Montham AFB. A-10C FMT instructor, searching for a target while rolling into an attack over virtual Moody AFB.
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Click here to see a video of a recent demonstration of an A-10 FMT at Davis Monthan AFB to ROTC cadets from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The base FMT simulator configuration uses MetaVR VRSG to drive an eight-screen display configured to fit within a nine foot ceiling. This operational configuration is a derivative of 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).

DTOC Event Control Center with VRSG running in the display on the right for observing and analyzing CAS missions. Image courtesy of Air National Guard.

The MetaVR visual systems are delivered with government-furnished equipment (GFE) terrain databases that entail no cost or licensing fees available from the Simulator Database Facility (SDBF) at Kirtland Air Force Base. The 3D terrain databases are compatible with multiple customer applications of MetaVR technology such as in F-16 simulators.

All MetaVR visual systems were delivered with the latest version of VRSG software, which contains MetaVR's 3D content libraries. The 3D military vehicle library, which contains a significant number of unique entity models, includes the distributed mission training (DMT) 3D model set at no additional charge.

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