The centerpiece of the JTAC training system is the Joint Terminal Controller Training and Rehearsal System (JTC TRS), providing a high-fidelity, fully immersive, realistic training and rehearsal environment for controllers, establishing real-time and persistent total air-ground virtual training environment for networked air/ground training and mission rehearsals. In the new simulator JTACs will also be able to practice calls for fire training (CFFT) artillery missions. This system will be used to train both JTAC and combat air crews assigned to accomplish complex missions in close proximity to ground forces. The JTC TRS will connect to distributed mission operations networks to enable geographically separated high-fidelity close air support platforms and JTAC and CCT teams to train together.
The prototype JTAC Virtual Trainer Dome, built by Lockheed Martin, uses 19 META VR VRSG channels, 14 of which are for the dome itself. Mersive Technologies’ camera-based auto-calibration software is used for warping and blending the multi-projector display. The projectors for the JTAC dome are provided by Electric Picture Display Systems. The prototype JTAC Virtual Trainer Dome, built by Lockheed Martin, uses 19 VRSG channels, 14 of which are for the dome itself. There are 7 VRSG channels for 360-degrees around the bottom half of the dome, and another 7 channels for the top half of the dome. The remaining VRSG channels are used for various emulated hand-held command and control (C2) devices inside the dome (binoculars, laser range finders, and so on), a sound channel, and a single AAR/stealth channel. The system comes with models of the Mark VII laser ranger finder, M22 binoculars and Ground Laser Target Designator (GLTD) II, built by Minerva Engineering.
Other topics covered in this review:
- Simulation & Training technologies at I/ITSEC 2007
- Populating the Virtual Worlds
- Training and Simulation for the First Responders
- Practicing Air/Ground Missions