I/ITSEC 2022: Lockheed Martin explores small footprint F-35 sim
Lockheed Martin has used I/ITSEC 2022 in Orlando, Florida, to showcase its F-35 Mission Rehearsal Training (MRT) solution to reduce the footprint necessary to train pilots while maintaining fidelity of training.
MRT equipment connects to existing sets of the F-35 Full Mission Simulator (FMS) and is also outfitted with aircraft operational software, providing training capability, flexibility and additional capacity needed by customers.
The MRT uses Varjo’s XR-3 head-mounted display (HMD) system, reducing the need for a dome.
Lockheed Martin told Shephard at the show that although the company is not planning to replace FMS with MRT, it can provide an affordable deployable training solution for F-35 users across the globe.
The MRT provides approximately 70% of the training tasks associated with Full Mission Sims and can also work in concert with the FMS.
Lockheed Martin F-35 training systems expert Erik Etz said: ‘This is currently a prototype, not fielded anywhere other than our labs, but we do see a future where a headset coupled up with other instantiations of pilot training can play a role in providing that [training] capability.’
The company is focusing on the user community’s requirements and used I/ITSEC as a platform to get feedback from users on the MRT.
Lockheed Martin/Sikrosky also showcased its Raider X2 simulator in Orlando. Raider X is the company's bid for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme, part of the US Army’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) effort to revolutionise its aircraft fleet.
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