Friday, May 27, 2011

A-10 Full Mission Trainers use MetaVR Visuals in Close Air Support Virtual Strike Exercise

MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) rendering of an A-10C entity flying over a high-resolution geospecific village on MetaVR's virtual Afghanistan.

A news release by MetaVR, Inc.

In February 2011, MetaVR 3D real-time visuals were used in five different types of simulators, including A-10 full mission trainers (FMTs), as part of a Close Air Support exercise by several participating sites during the Virtual Strike 11-1 warfighter tactical training exercise orchestrated by the Distributed Mission Operations Center (DMOC) at Kirtland Air Force Base.

As part of the virtual exercise, MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) visuals were used for the out-the-window and sensor views for the A-10 FMTs from the Arkansas ANG's 184 FS and Michigan ANG's 127 FW, joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) first person simulator with target designation as well as for a simulated UAV feed at the DMOC, and for the, and for first person JTAC mode via the Illinois Air National Guard 169 ASOS from Peoria, Ill. All the sites were linked together using the Air Force's secure long haul network infrastructure.

Focused on integrated JTAC and Joint Fires Observer Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) training related to close air support, joint fire support and joint air attack teams, this Joint Close Air Support (JCAS) proof-of-concept Air Support Operations Squadron training was significant for being a fully distributed Air Support Operations Center (ASOC) JTAC exercise. As part of the exercise, target designations from the ground-based JTAC simulators were fed to the A-10C simulators to coordinate ground attack missions.

The DMOC's Joint Close Air Support Operations Simulator (JCOS) at Kirtland AFB consists of 5 MetaVR VRSG channels including an out-the-window view (OTW), 3 channels that emulate the view in handheld command and control (C2) devices including the M22 binoculars, the Mark VII laser range finder and the GLTD II laser target designator, and a single AAR/stealth channel. VRSG also provides a UAV-produced ROVER feed for the JCOS through the Air Force Synthetic Environment for Reconnaissance and Surveillance (AFSERS).


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  2. ANG is already using the DCS: Warthog... but why they would invest in something like this when DCS provides full systems integration is beyond me. I have the DCS: Warthog, the Thrustmaster (TM) Warthog HOTAS, TM's MFDs, and currently building an A-10C cockpit at home. In terms of the A-10C, nothing comes close to DCS.