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New sims as VMFA-314 intensifies training tempo

15th September 2021 - 16:00 GMT | by Trevor Nash in London

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A VMFA-314 F-35C with an F/A-18. (Photo: USMC)

With its six new F-35C Full Mission Simulators now in service, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 is training full steam ahead for its carrier strike group deployment in 2022.

Following the delivery by Lockheed Martin of six F-35C Full Mission Simulators (FMS) to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, the USMC is now undertaking networked training with USN F-35s elsewhere in California at NAS Lemoore.

By using a Distributed Mission Training (DMT) protocol, Lockheed Martin says, ‘this capability links pilots through a distributed network and enables them to conduct simulated training events [that are] critical to warfighter readiness as it replicates what the pilots do in live theatre’.

The six new devices also mean that the USMC can conduct all its F-35 training at Miramar without leaving the site.

‘Being able

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