Lockheed has delivered its first F-35 Lightning II full mission simulator (FMS) system to the US Air Force (USAF) at Eglin AF Base’s 33rd Fighter Wing.

The simulator will be assembled at the base’s F-35 integrated training centre (ITC) for training to begin later this year.

The joint strike fighter (JSF) FMS accurately duplicates all F-35 sensors and weapons deployment and features a high-fidelity 360° visual display system and a reconfigurable cockpit.

The F-35 JSF FMS training technology will be the primary pilot training device and will allow pilots to train on a range of mission tasks that were previously not possible in other simulators.

The F-35 simulators are also installed with actual aircraft software to provide realistic experience for pilots.