Rockwell Collins has conducted the first successful live, virtual, constructive (LVC) air combat training flight using production joint secure air combat training system (JSAS) equipment.
The production equipment comprises multiple independent levels of security (MILS) encryption in both the airborne and ground systems.
Rockwell used production form-factor equipment from the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS) programme. It includes the MILS airborne package and MILS ground station.
Rockwell Collins Surface Solutions vice-president and general manager Tommy Dodson said: "JSAS is the next generation of secure, LVC-capable training solutions, providing seamless interoperability between 5th generation F-35 and legacy aircraft as they train together in coalition events.
"This exercise highlighted that 5th-Gen and 4th-Gen aircraft pilots can both see significant training benefit when simulating a high-threat combat environment."
The LVC demonstration included a live Aero L-29 jet trainer with the JSAS equipment onboard, a virtual F/A-18 4th-Gen aircraft simulator, a live joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) located at the Rockwell Collins facility in Orlando.
In addition, it consisted of constructive ‘Red Force’ aircraft and ground threats and separate ‘mission rooms’ for live monitor of F-35 and F-18 data.
According to Rockwell, the LVC participants are the significant link required to increase the depth and density of combat training.
It offers the warfighter red flag experience without the logistics challenge of collocating assets and also offers real-time feedback to limit negative training.
Moreover, it comprises over-the-air reloading of keys on the fly, showing how military customers could change from one training scenario to another, eliminating the need of landing the aircraft.
Image: A live Aero L-29 jet trainer with the joint secure air combat training system (JSAS) equipment onboard. Photo: courtesy of Rockwell Collins.