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Air National Guard HH-60 Training System

Air National Guard HH-60 Training System

Air National Guard HH-60 Multi-Mission Crew Trainer

MetaVR VRSG real-time scene of an HH-60G entity lifting off from the virtual Auxiliary Helicopter Training Field at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM.

MetaVR visuals and 3D content are part of the new U.S. Air National Guard HH-60G Pave Hawk Multi-Mission Crew Trainer (MMCT) at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM. The simulator, which will be used to train HH-60G pilots and co-pilots, and gunner and hoist operator crew, was delivered to the ANG by program prime contractor, J.F. Taylor

The seven VRSG licenses in this MMCT provide out-the-window views with near 20/20 visual acuity for the simulator’s twelve 4K projectors. VRSG also provides visuals for the HH-60G forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera views and a belly-hatch LED display. Two additional VRSG licenses support spares and development systems.

The HH-60G MMCT includes a purpose designed simulator dome built by Immersive Display Solutions (IDSI). The dome wraps around the cockpit, left and right door gunner positions and hoist operator training positions with image-corrected large field-of-view images on a display that combines spherical, oblate, cylindrical and flat geometry into a single, visually coherent image. The projected 3D environment is driven by twelve native 4K Sony GTZ-280 simulation projectors blended on the display using ImmersaView’s SimVisuals warp and blend solution. The simulator also runs Battlespace Simulations’ Modern Air Combat Environment (MACE). 

MetaVR VRSG real-time scene rendered on the dome display of the Air National Guard HH-60 training simulator at Kirtland Air Force Base. (Photo courtesy of the Air National Guard.)

Painting the dome display of the Air National Guard HH-60 training simulator at Kirtland Air Force Base. (Photo courtesy of the Air National Guard.)

For the project, MetaVR built a high resolution geospecific replica of the airfield at Kirtland Air Force Base at the Albuquerque International Sunport in round-earth terrain format with 15 cm per pixel of the Kirtland Air Force Base area blended into MetaVR's 1 mpp CONUS++ imagery. The 3D replica includes a highly detailed runway model including taxiway markings, airport signage, windsocks, navigational aids, lighting systems, runway distance remaining signs and real-world flight line buildings, including the Kirtland AFB control tower. The 3D terrain also includes a geospecific model of the Auxiliary Helicopter Training Field (AUX Field) for helicopter pilot training. The terrain can be updated according to customer needs.

The MMCT also runs a high-resolution HH-60G model built by MetaVR to depict the interior of the helicopter. The model includes an articulated M2 .50 caliber machine gun and gun mounts for gunnery training, camera gimbal, plus standard damage states and switch states for cargo doors, refueling port, and power plant.

The HH-60G Pave Hawk MMCT is set to enter operational training with the ANG in the near future.