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JTAC Dome Simulators at U.S. Air Combat Command and Air National Guard

JTAC Dome Simulators at U.S. Air Combat Command and Air National Guard

U.S. AIR NATIONAL GUARD JTAC TRAINING DOME (AAJTS)

JTAC with the 238th Air Support Operations Squadron;in the AAJTS with MetaVR visuals and Afghanistan virtual terrain at the Key Field Air National Guard Base, Meridian, MS. (Photo: U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Sabrina Dalton.)

The U.S. Air Combat Command (ACC) and Air National Guard (ANG) use MetaVR visuals in training dome simulators for joint fires simulation training. The simulator, called the Advanced Joint Terminal Attack Controller Training System (AAJTS, or AJTS at non-Air National Guard sites) is a 5-meter, 270 degree FOV training dome system, which uses ten MetaVR visual channels, is similar in appearance to a miniature IMAX theater and fully immerses the JTAC trainee in a 3D real-time virtual battlefield.

The AAJTS/AJTS is designed to support all JTAC and combat controller squadron-level continuation, qualification, and mission rehearsal training. The system is the combined effort of QuantaDyn, USAF Trainer Development Division, Battlespace Simulations (BSI), Immersive Display Solutions (IDSI), and MetaVR.

The system is comprised of, in part, commercial off-the-shelf components: Immersive Display Solutions' immersive domed visual display system; BSI’s Modern Air Combat Environment (MACE) computer generated force and semi-automated force application with call-for-fire, 5-line and 9-line interfaces; a simulated rangefinder/designator, and MetaVR’s VRSG, geospecific 3D terrain, and model libraries.

The training system is designed to meet the requirements for unit training at Air Support Operations Squadrons (ASOS) and Special Tactics Squadrons (STS) and is accredited for type 1, 2, 3 controls for both day and night, and for laser target designation with a simulated military laser device by the US Joint Fire Support Executive Steering Committee (JFS ESC) Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and the NATO Standardization Agreement (STANAG); the system meets or exceeds current STANAG standards.

JTAC with the 238th ASOS, sitting in the role playing station of the AAJTS at Key Field Air National Guard Base, Meridian, MS. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Sabrina Dalton.)
113th ASOS trainees at AAJTS role player stations at Hulman Field Air National Guard Base, Terre Haute International Airport. (Photo courtesy of BSI.)
JTAC sitting in the role playing station of the AAJTS at the simulation lab at Illinois Air National Guard, Peoria, IL. (Photo courtesy of QuantaDyn.)
AAJTS installation with MetaVR visuals at the Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City. (Photo courtesy of QuantaDyn.)

As of July 2018, 31 AAJTS / AJTS devices have been installed at sites throughout the U.S. These AAJTS devices have been used to provide over 15,000 hours of training, and have supported over 78,000 missions, including type 1, 2, and 3 controls, day and night, fixed wing, rotary wing, and AC-130 gunship, laser target designation, and artillery and naval gunfire call for fire.

Continued AAJTS deliveries follow QuantaDyn's fulfillment of the original production contract in 2014-2016 for installation of 21 AAJTS / AJTS across the U.S. Installations include Nellis AFB JTAC Schoolhouse, Peoria Air National Guard Base, Hurlburt FieldJoint Base Lewis-McChordFort Indiantown Gap, Gowen Field, Boise, Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, Savannah Air National Guard Base, Hulman Field at Terre Haute International Airport, Randolph AFB, Camp Murray in Tacoma, WA, New London Air National Guard Base, NC, Ellington Field in Houston, TX, Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, Joint Air Base San Antonio, TX, Hancock Field in Syracuse, NY, and Key Field, Meridian, MS.

European installations of the simulator include the Adazi Military Base, Latvia, HDF 86 Szolnok Helicopter Base in Taborfalva, Hungary -- and installations at the Slovenian Armed Forces Air Ground Operations School (AGOS) at Cerklje ob Krki Airbase and the Polish Air Force Academy in Deblin, Poland.

Instructor/operator station of the AAJTS with MetaVR VRSG at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
AJTS featuring MetaVR visuals in use at NATO Exercise Ample Strike. Photo courtesy of QuantaDyn.