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JTAC Simulation Training: AFSOC Desktop JTAC Simulator

Beginning in 2013 several AFSOC, ACC, and ASOS JTAC training sites in the US and abroad have taken delivery and installation of MetaVR and Battlespace Simulations’ Joint Terminal Attack Control (JTAC) desktop simulation system. At several sites, the AFSOC JTAC Simulator (AJS) desktop systems replaced existing Meggit IFACT systems.

These installations followed the accreditation of MetaVR and BSI’s JTAC simulation system by the Joint Fire Support Executive Steering Committee for JTAC training. The system is accredited for types 1, 2, 3 for both day and night, and for laser target designation with simulated military laser, in accordance with the JTAC Memorandum of Agreement. Type 1 accreditation requires either a head-mounted display (HMD) or a 220+ degree FOV dome display.

Detail of AFSOC JTAC Simulator.
Role player station of AFSOC JTAC simulator.

The AJS desktop system has been installed so far for Special Tactics Squadrons (STS) at the following AFSOC sites:

  • Cannon AFB, NM
  • Hurlburt Field
  • Fort Benning (deployable laptop AJS)
  • Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM)
  • Louisville Air National Guard Base, KY
  • Kadena Air Base, Japan
  • MildenHall RAF, UK
  • Pope Field
  • Portland Air National Guard Base, OR

The 116th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS), Washington Air National Guard at Camp Murray, WA, also purchased a MetaVR/BSI JTAC simulator, very similar to the AJS desktop system.

Detail of AFSOC JTAC Simulator at Kadena AFB.   Detail of AFSOC JTAC Simulator at Mildenhall RAF.

AFSOC JTAC simulator: pilot station, role player station, and instructor station.
The AFSOC JTAC simulator. On top, two photos of the JTAC trainee station. Below, the full system with role player station, instructor station, and JTAC trainee station.

This JTAC simulator is comprised of BSI's Modern Air Combat Environment (MACE) entity generator and MetaVR’s Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) and is ideally suited for both standalone mission rehearsal and distributed mission simulation.

The AJS enables students to train on a virtual battlefield with close air support interfaces, such as 9-Line, 5-Line, and Call for Fire. The JTAC trainee also has VRSG channels available in the form of a monocular/binocular used for laser range finding and target designation with a simulated SOFLAM or Mark VIIE laser range finder/laser designator as well as a full motion video ROVER-type feed for external targeting information. The AJS system has a variety of Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) tools, including DIS radios and a DIS recorder for recording and AAR/playback of missions. The instructor can control all constructive entities (including attacking aircraft and artillery), as well as ground entities and threats.

Below is a schematic of the components of the AJS desktop system.

AJS JTAC simulator schematic.

Click here for a larger schematic of the components of the AJS system.

For more information, contact sales@metavr.com.

This page was last updated on January 20, 2016.

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