Google Cloud to support USAF initial flight training modernisation

9 December 2020 (Last Updated December 9th, 2020 12:45)

Google Cloud has reached an agreement with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and the US Air Force (USAF) for the initial flight training modernisation.

Google Cloud has reached an agreement with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and the US Air Force (USAF) for the initial flight training modernisation.

As per the agreement, training will be provided globally with the help of Cloud technology.

Via the Joint Immersive Training System (JITS), the USAF has planned to increase the readiness of pilots.

The USAF will use commercial, off-the-shelf equipment, virtual reality headsets, joystick, throttle and rudder pedal controls, and video gaming chairs to construct its immersive training devices (ITDs).

With this new contract, 19th Air Force will use Google Cloud to host its ITDs that will allow scaling the project to several users at different locations.

Additionally, the software for the management for each student’s training curriculum will be different for each aircraft.

Google Cloud Global Public Sector vice-president Mike Daniels said: “Adopting Google Cloud provides a consistent and secure user experience for student pilots regardless of where they undergo their training.

“And with Google Workspace, we’ll also enable collaboration and remote learning with the best instructors who may be located in another state or at another airforce base.”

The Apigee of Google Cloud will allow the USAF and DIU to construct an extensible system to adapt to evolving requirements.

With the standardisation of the API layer, verified vendors will be able to log in to the open architecture to offer services and data-based insights.