MetaVR’s JTACS simulators delivered to the USAF

November 21, 2012 – MetaVR, Inc. announces that it has recently sold 14 Joint Terminal Attack Control (JTAC) simulators to the U.S Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and the Air Combat Command (ACC) totaling in the amount of $1.8 million.

Nine desktop and portable JTAC simulators were sold to AFSOC with initial fieldings at Hurlbert Field, and five systems to be delivered to the Nellis Air Force Base JTAC Schoolhouse.

In a related effort, MetaVR was chosen by the Air National Guard to be the visual system for its Advanced Air National Guard Simulation (AAJTS) prototype system. MetaVR real time 3D visuals will be used on the first two full-up 4-meter dome configurations of the JTAC simulator. The 240-degree horizontal x 100-degree vertical partial-dome displays are produced by Immersive Display Solutions. The AAJTS simulators will be delivered to the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) at Randolph Air Force Base.

These sales follow the accreditation of MetaVR’s JTAC simulation system, developed jointly with Battlespace Simulations (BSI).This simulation system was recently granted accreditation by the Joint Fire Support Executive Steering Committee for JTAC training. This simulation system is accredited to replace live controls (types 1, 2, 3) for both day and night, and for laser target designation with simulated military laser, in accordance with the JTAC Memorandum of Agreement. Type 1 accreditation requires either a head-mounted display (HMD) or a 220+ degree FOV dome display.

The JFS ESC accreditation applies to any simulator that uses MetaVR’s Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) version 5.7 or greater and BSI’s Modern Air Combat Environment (MACE) version 1.0; such simulators include the AFSOC JTAC trainer, AAJTS, JFIRES, and JTAC-TRS systems.

This JTAC training simulator, comprised of MetaVR’s VRSG and BSI’s MACE scenario/entity generator, includes an integrated software-based Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) radio, a recording capability for recording and AAR/playback of missions, and a simulated laser range finder/laser designator. MACE is a DIS-enabled threat environment capable of generating a wide variety of semi-autonomous forces.

A privately funded COTS solution, the MetaVR/BSI JTAC simulation system enables users to perform training missions on a virtual battlefield with close air support interfaces such as 9-Line, 5-Line, and Call for Fire.
Features that support such missions include physics-based weapons performance, laser target designation, full-motion infrared video feeds, a mission editor, human-level behaviors, path finding, blast effects calculations, complex weather system control, and a robust weapons and entity library. The JTAC system is capable of importing existing military topographic database information to enable operators and instructors to quickly develop scenarios appropriate for mission rehearsal.

The MetaVR/BSI JTAC simulator is offered as a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) firm fixed price simulator with publicly available pricing, and is available in portable and desktop configurations with a head-mounted display, and as an integrated system with a fully immersive dome or curved desktop screen display from Immersive Display Solutions. The dome configuration, called the JTAC Immersive System, provides a low-cost transportable dome solution to meet the needs of JTAC simulation training in an affordable immersive environment.

The MetaVR/BSI JTAC simulator has been fully integrated at the Michigan Air National Guard’s 4-meter Joint Fires Dome in Grayling, MI, AFSOC’s Special Tactics Training at Hurlburt Field, FL, and AFRL’s JTAC-TRS 5-meter domes, and is currently being developed for additional US and international customers.

Source: MetaVR, Inc.

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