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Farnborough 2016: Rockwell Collins advances LVC training

04th July 2016 - 13:00 by Beth Maundrill in Toulouse

Farnborough 2016: Rockwell Collins advances LVC training

As live, virtual constructive (LVC) simulation becomes more of a training reality, Rockwell Collins demonstrated its capabilities through an LVC exercise on 28 June in Toulose.

Linking the US, UK and France, the event allowed journalists to witness the LVC training capability which involved joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) simulation, various simulated aircraft, a live aircraft and, for the first time, the company’s new Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) system. 

‘The MILS system allows for data sharing at different levels,’ explained Andrew White, EuMEA marketing manager, simulation & training solutions at Rockwell Collins. ‘This is particularly important for international training events.’ 

The MILS system allows the exercise controller to segregate data through four difference channels which represent different levels of access including NATO Secret and Five Eyes. The system was recently certified by the US National Security Agency (NSA). 

As the MILS filtered the data two training scenarios were carried out. Both involved a JTAC simulator and a RealFires air superiority operations centre simulator. Aircraft were also part of the simulation which included a C-130 simulator and a UH-60 Simulator at the site in Toulouse. 

‘This is an all-encompassing vision of what the company can do,’ said White, ‘This has not been built on a programme but is being done out of company investment because the future of training lies in LVC.’ 

The F-35 simulator, which Rockwell Collins is currently under contract to Lockheed Martin to provide to all F-35 customers, was located in Burgess Hill in the UK.

The company has already delivered some of the systems to the US and are awaiting the UK, France and Netherlands to formalise their F-35 training plan before moving on with deliveries in Europe. 

All of these elements were connected to a live aircraft, an Aero L-29, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to complete the scenario. 

‘The same visual systems for the F-35 have been placed into the back seat of the L-29 so that person is seeing the scenario through the visual system,’ explained White. 

The whole scenario was connected via a wide area network (WAN), although White explained that secure sovereign networks could be used depending on the requirement.

White also highlighted the use of real equipment in the simulators to enhance level of training. 

The cockpits for the C-130 used the company’s Flight 2 avionics and the UH-60 a version of Pro Line Fusion avionics. The company is currently working on research and development to integrate voice recognition into its helicopter avionics system. 

For the JTAC the simulation included an LRTV range finder, although White noted that any range finder equipment could be integrated into the system. It also utilised the FireStorm joint fires trgeting system. 

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