JTAC personnel

The US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and Air Combat Command (ACC) has procured joint terminal attack control (JTAC) simulators from MetaVR, in an effort to address JTAC training requirements.

Out of the 14 desktop and portable simulators, which were purchased at a cost of $1.8m, nine were installed at AFSOC’s Special Tactics Training school at Hurlbert Field in Florida, while remaining five are scheduled to be delivered to the JTAC Schoolhouse at Nellis Air Force Base, in Nevada, US.

Manufactured jointly by MetaVR and Battlespace Simulations (BSI), the JTAC simulator is a privately funded commercial-of-the-shelf (COTS) solution designed to enable JTAC personnel conduct training on a virtual battlefield with close air support interfaces, such as 9-Line, 5-Line, and Call for Fire.

The simulator is available in both portable and desktop configurations as a head-mounted display and as an integrated system with a curved desktop or dome screen display, the JTAC Immersive System, to enable JTAC training in an affordable immersive environment.

Equipped with MetaVR’s virtual reality scene generator (VRSG) and BSI’s modern air combat environment (MACE) generator, the simulator is accredited by the Joint Fire Support Executive Steering Committee to replace live controls for both day and night missions, and for laser target designation with simulated military laser.

Additional features include an integrated software-based distributed interactive simulation (DIS) radio, capability for recording and AAR/playback of missions, as well as a simulated laser range finder/laser designator.

The JTAC simulator has also been installed at the Michigan Air National Guard’s Joint Fires Dome in Grayling, and the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) JTAC-TRS domes in Mesa, Arizona, US.

MetaVR also received a contract from the US Air National Guard for delivery of 3D visual system for integration into the Advanced Air National Guard Simulation (AAJTS) prototype system.

The AAJTS simulators are scheduled to be delivered to the Air Education and Training Command (AETC), located at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas, US.

Image: a US Air Force joint terminal attack controller supporting a mission in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. Photo: courtesy of Michael L. Casteel, US Army.