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MetaVR VRSG in JTAC dome simulators at U.S. Air Combat Command and Air National Guard

The U.S. Air Combat Command (ACC) and Air National Guard (ANG) use MetaVR visuals in training dome simulators for joint fires simulation training.

The simulator, called the Advanced Joint Terminal Attack Controller Training System (AAJTS, or AJTS at non-Air National Guard sites) is a 5-meter, 270 degree FOV training dome system, which uses ten MetaVR visual channels, is similar in appearance to a miniature IMAX theater and fully immerses the JTAC trainee in a 3D real-time virtual battlefield.

JTAC with the 238th ASOS, sitting in the role playing station of the AAJTS at Key Field Air National Guard Base, Meridian, MS. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Sabrina Dalton.
JTAC with the 238th ASOS, sitting in the role playing station of the AAJTS at Key Field Air National Guard Base, Meridian, MS. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Sabrina Dalton.)

The AAJTS/AJTS is designed to support all JTAC and combat controller squadron-level continuation, qualification, and mission rehearsal training. The system is the combined effort of QuantaDyn, USAF Trainer Development Division, Battlespace Simulations (BSI), Immersive Display Solutions (IDSI), and MetaVR.

AAJTS installation with MetaVR visuals at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City.
AAJTS installation with MetaVR visuals at the Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City. (Photo courtesy of QuantaDyn.)

The system is comprised of, in part, commercial off-the-shelf components: Immersive Display Solutions' immersive domed visual display system; BSI’s Modern Air Combat Environment (MACE) computer generated force and semi-automated force application with call-for-fire, 5-line and 9-line interfaces; a simulated rangefinder/designator, and MetaVR’s VRSG, geospecific 3D terrain, and model libraries.

The training system is designed to meet the requirements for unit training at Air Support Operations Squadrons (ASOS) and Special Tactics Squadrons (STS) and is accredited for types 1, 2, 3 controls for both day and night, and for laser target designation with a simulated military laser device by the US Joint Fire Support Executive Steering Committee (JFS ESC) Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and the NATO Standardization Agreement (STANAG); the system meets or exceeds current STANAG standards.

Between 2014 and 2016 QuantaDyn fulfilled the production contract for installation of 21 AAJTS / AJTS across the U.S. Installations include Nellis AFB JTAC Schoolhouse, Peoria Air National Guard Base, Hurlburt Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Fort Indiantown Gap, Gowen Field, Boise, Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, Savannah Air National Guard Base, Hulman Field at Terre Haute International Airport, Randolph AFB, Camp Murray in Tacoma, WA, New London Air National Guard Base, NC, Ellington Field in Houston, TX, Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, Joint Air Base San Antonio, TX, Hancock Field in Syracuse, NY, and Key Field, Meridian, MS.
  MetaVR visuals in the AAJTS training dome at Fort Indiantown Gap. Click to view original high-resolution image.
Pennsylvania National Guard’s 148th Air Support Operations Squadron’s AAJTS at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Culeen Shaffer/Released.)

Instructor/operator station of the AAJTS at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, October 2016.

The unveiling of first operational AAJTS in the U.S. took place at the Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City by the Oklahoma Air National Guard in 2014. The first European installation of the simulator was installed at the Adazi Military Base, Latvia, later that year. The second AJTS system for Europe, for HDF 86 Szolnok Helicopter Base in Taborfalva, Hungary, was installed in late 2016.

AJTS in use in 2016 during a simulated mission at Adazi Military Base, Latvia. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jennifer Cruz/ Released.)

In 2014, the partial dome simulator participated in two coalition training events.

AJTS dome simulator at Exercise Ample Strike, held in the Czech Republic, September, 2014. Photo courtesy of QuantaDyn.

  • May 2014, the AAJTS took part in the annual Bold Quest 14.2 live-virtual CAS exercise, conducted at Holloman Air Force Base and other locations.
  • In September 2014, the commercial version of the immersive dome simulator (AJTS) took part in the NATO Exercise Ample Strike 2014, held at Namest Air Base, Czech Republic. During the one week exercise, JTAC teams from 12 NATO countries accomplished 95 accredited controls on the AJTS device. 
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