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MetaVR Virtual Barry M. Goldwater Range

MetaVR has built geospecific 50 cm per-pixel resolution 3D terrain of Barry M. Goldwater Range (BMGR), located near the US-Mexican border. The terrain, built in MetaVR's round-earth Metadesic format with MetaVR Terrain Tools for Esri® ArcGIS®, was delivered to Luke AFB as part of upgrades to their F-16 full-mission training simulators. The F-16 Networked Training Center at Luke AFB runs 53 licenses of MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator™ (VRSG™) and 3D content in four training dome systems.

Real-time VRSG rendering of an F-16C entity in flight over a rugged area of MetaVR's virtual Barry M. Goldwater Range terrain.
Real-time VRSG rendering of an F-16C entity in flight over a rugged area of MetaVR's virtual Barry M. Goldwater Range terrain.
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The total coverage of the BMGR imagery at 50 cm resolution is 66 sq km. Underlying the terrain of 50 cm resolution imagery is MetaVR's CONUS++ terrain, which was built with 1 meter per pixel terrain imagery and DTED-1 elevation data. Terrain culture includes 573 models of structures and targets located on the East Tactical Range (ETAC).

Real-time VRSG rendering of a rugged area of MetaVR's virtual Barry M. Goldwater Range terrain.
Real-time VRSG rendering of an F-16C entity in flight over a rugged area of MetaVR's virtual Barry M. Goldwater Range terrain.

The BMGR is one of three tactical ranges in the Luke AFB area, spanning several hundred square kilometers in the Sonoran Desert, southwest of Luke AFB and between Yuma and Tucson. The range, which is under almost constant daytime and nighttime use, serves the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps as a training area for aerial gunnery, rocketry, electronic warfare, and tactical maneuvering and air support. As well, pilots and JTACs train for strike and close air support missions at BMGR.

During training exercises, pilots in the F-16 simulators at Luke AFB take off from the virtual airfield and fly to the virtual BMGR.

Real-time VRSG rendering of  MetaVR's virtual Barry M. Goldwater Range terrain.
Real-time VRSG rendering of MetaVR's virtual Barry M. Goldwater Range terrain with models of modern mobile surface-to-air and radar systems that pilots might encounter in real-world missions. These surface-to-air and radar system models, from MetaVR's 3D model libraries, were geolocated on footprints where target mockups are located on the actual range.

Cultural models include airfield structures at the Gila Bend Auxiliary Airfield, and arrays of realistic ground targets, which significantly enhance the realism for pilots training in air-to-ground ordnance delivery. All models are geolocated on the BMGR terrain.

Among the ground targets at BMGR are obsolete tanks and trucks, vehicle convoys, aircraft, and armor. Other targets are full-scale modular metal mockups or replicas of specific threats, of enemy weapons systems such as SAMS, tanks, anti-aircraft artillery and tactical ballistic missiles. In such cases, as shown in the SAMS scene below, military models from MetaVR's 3D model libraries were placed on each target footprint so that a pilot flying in the simulator sees a realistic representation of a potential target.

Real-time VRSG rendering MetaVR's virtual Barry M. Goldwater Range terrain.
Real-time VRSG rendering of MetaVR's virtual Barry M. Goldwater Range terrain with SAM entity models from MetaVR's 3D model libraries geolocated on actual target locations to represent real-world threats.

Using MetaVR military models and VRSG cultural feature files, users can swap in different entities to represent real-world threats during training exercises.

Note that 50 cm source imagery has its limitations in visual fidelity. To see a virtual range built at a higher resolution, see MetaVR's virtual ranges at the Fallon Range Training Complex.

The BMGR Range terrain dataset is available on MetaVR's CONUS ++ Southwestern region 3D terrain. The CONUS++ 3D terrain, in round-earth Metadesic format, is available for purchase to all MetaVR customers who are on active VRSG software maintenance and are US Government agencies or contractors (for official use only). For US-domestic use only, not available for export. The terrain can be viewed only with a valid VRSG version 6.1 or greater software license with active software maintenance.

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