Buckley AFB gets VRSG-equipped F-16C simulators
MetaVR’s Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) is set to enter use at Buckley Air Force Base (AFB) for pilot training, the company announced on 16 July.
Four four-ship F-16C Block 30 simulators equipped with VRSG have been installed at the base, where they will be used for proficiency and currency maintenance pilot training by the 140th Wing of the Colorado Air National Guard.
The simulators were relocated from Vermont Air National Guard facilities at the Burlington International Airport prior to their delivery to Buckley AFB, and have undergone an upgrade to the current Block 30 System Capabilities Upgrade 9.0 configuration.
The simulators feature 60 VRSG channels to simulate multiple views: out-the-window, embedded HUD, HMD/HMIT, real-time streaming protocol in the central display unit, ground map radar, targeting pod, and maverick missile displays. Together with MetaVR 3D terrain and models, the eight-screen cockpit displays offer combat pilots an immersive field-of-view that renders the out-the window virtual environment with near 20/20 visual acuity.
MetaVR also created a virtual replica of Buckley AFB and the Greater Denver area for the simulators in order to provide realistic training for pilots, including details such as runways, runway lights, signage, geospecific control tower and buildings and other culture.
The simulators are currently undergoing Initial Operational Capability, with operational training set to begin in the fall.
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