Northrop Grumman‘s live, virtual and constructive (LVC) experimentation, integration and operations suite (LEXIOS) system has supported the US military services during Northern Edge 2015 through linking the live and virtual participants.

The USAF’s joint training exercise brought around 6,000 US military service members together in a joint-forces environment at the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex.

LEXIOS supported the USAF to achieve the most advanced LVC air-to-air training, the company stated.

"LVC is one of the few realistic options we have going forward in our resource-constrained future."

US Air Force 353rd Combat Training Squadron command and control operations chief captain Matthew Mendenhall said: "Northern Edge was the largest LVC integration seen to date in any of the services and the first exercise to completely integrate the various elements.

"For the first time from a command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance standpoint, the virtual, live and constructive assets interacted at an efficient level and proved they can work and talk to each other consistently and securely."

The LEXIOS allowed virtual aircraft operated by actual aircrew members to participate in the exercise through networked simulators.

With this development, Northern Edge saw ten different virtual sites across the nation interacting with live aircraft and integrated air defence systems in Alaska.

Northern Edge deployed forces commander colonel Stephen Platt said: "LVC is one of the few realistic options we have going forward in our resource-constrained future.

"It gives us options to do things we either don’t have forces for or the capabilities to execute today."

Northern Edge 2015 was designed to strengthen tactical combat skills; enhance command, control and communication relationships; and to develop interoperable plans and programmes across the joint force.