MetaVR VRSG in Various Fidelity Options for JTAC Simulation Training
There are several ways you can simulate the functionality needed for Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) warfighter training in close air support (CAS) exercises, using MetaVR's software. This page describes several such JTAC simulation (forward air controller simulation) options; the hierarchy of options that are described increase in functionality and fidelity ranging from desktop systems to dome systems.
VRSG IN FPS and JTAC MODE
VRSG IN FPS and JTAC MODE with simulated devices
A more complex desktop simulation setup offering a higher fidelity training experience is the option described above, with one or more simulated devices, connected to the Iowa Air National Guard Distributed Training Operations Center (DTOC) for Distributed Mission Operations. An example of this setup is shown below. Devices could be a ROVER device, and a second computer running the FalconView PC-based mapping application that displays a map of the same area. (Also shown on the desk are ASTI VOIP handheld terminals that simulate radios.) The ROVER feed is from a second VRSG session
which regenerates UAV payload information locally from the DTOC, and then streams the
VRSG real-time MPEG feed to the ROVER. The DTOC provides real-time threats and UAV feeds.
VRSG IN FPS and JTAC MODE with simulated target designators
A further desktop simulation setup is the option described above, used with one or more simulated target designator devices. Shown in the image below is an example of generic virtual binoculars.
MetaVR and BSI's Desktop JTAC Simulator
Building on the configuration described above, but offering a more robust CAS training environment, is the MetaVR/BSI JTAC desktop simulator, a collaborative effort of Battlespace Simulations (BSI), and MetaVR. This JTAC simulator is comprised of BSI's Modern Air Combat Environment (MACE) entity generator and MetaVR’s VRSG and is ideally suited for both standalone mission rehearsal and distributed mission simulation. Students can train on a virtual battlefield with close air support interfaces, such as 9-Line, 5-Line, and Call for Fire. Additional VRSG channels are 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.
Advanced Joint Terminal Attack Controller Training System (AJTS)
Offering an immersive environment with a partial dome display to replace the desktop display, is the Advanced Joint Terminal Attack Controller Training System (AJTS), a collaborative effort of QuantaDyn, BSI, MetaVR, and others. This accredited training system combines the ability to train in an immersive dome with analogous functionality for training at the desktop.
AFRL's JTAC TRS 360-DEGREE DOME SYSTEM
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Warfighter Readiness Research Division, 711th Human Performance Wing, at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, uses VRSG in its JTAC training research in three JTAC dome training systems. These three systems, developed at AFRL, are called Joint Terminal Attack Controller Training Rehearsal System (JTAC TRS), and were built and installed in 2007 at the AFRL site in Mesa, AZ, and then moved to Wright-Patterson AFB in 2012. These JTAC dome simulators are the precursors to the next generation JTAC dome training systems currently fielded or in production today, such as the AAJTS described above. The dome systems provide AFRL with the testbed capability to continue the research and development for training in all facets of CAS and joint fires.
The information on this web page is not an endorsement by the Air National Guard of MetaVR products.