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USAF MQ-9 Reaper RPA simulator (MJAT)

USAF MQ-9 Reaper RPA simulator (MJAT)


MetaVR VRSG real-time scene of an MQ-9 ER Reaper entity in flight.

One of the many development efforts at the U.S. Army Joint Technology Center and Systems Integration Lab (JSIL) that involve the use of Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) is the MALET-JSIL Aircrew Trainer, or MJAT, a plug-and-play training capability that converts a current tactical MQ-9 ground control station (GCS) into a training simulator. The MJAT provides RPA operators the ability to conduct simulation training as part of their qualification and follow-on continuation training to maintain proficiency and currency in all required operator tasks. Like other JSIL developed UAS/RPA trainers, the embedded MJAT uses the Air Force Synthetic Environment for Reconnaissance and Surveillance (AFSERS) software to stimulate the tactical Vehicle Control software (VCS) to simulate GCS functions: air vehicle control, payload control, weapons control, communications, send and receive video data, and mission planning.

From 2016-2018, 56 MJATs were installed at USAF sites across the U.S that house the MQ-9 Reaper aircraft. As part of the continued rollout of the MJAT simulator, JSIL purchased an additional 86 new VRSG licenses in 2019. 

Also in 2019, TCS Consortium (comprised of Top Cover Solutions, 3SDL and Eagle Eye Innovations) announced it will support U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) MQ-9 Reaper squadrons by delivering training in MQ-9 Reaper tactics and procedures on the MJAT to RPA pilots and operators at RAF Waddington and 39th Squadron at Creech Air Force Base.

VRSG's ability to simulate the camera payload by streaming real-time HD-quality H.264 video with KLV metadata means that when operators are not flying an actual MQ-9, they can train by flying the simulated RPA using the same hardware that they use to operate the actual aircraft, stimulate real ISR systems, and interoperate with JTAC simulators

All MJAT simulators also use Battlespace Simulations' (BSI's) Modern Air Combat Environment (MACE) for scenario creation and computer-generated/semi-automated forces (CGF/SAF). Because all UAS/RPA simulators that use MetaVR visuals and BSI MACE are interoperable with JTAC simulators that also use MetaVR visuals, this common baseline of VRSG and MACE provides enhanced interoperability and correlation between the MJAT and the large number of deployed VRSG/MACE-based JTAC simulators. This interoperability is critical in the simulated training environment, in order to emulate the interaction and collaboration between Reaper sensor operators and JTACs during real-world missions.