The US Air Force (USAF) has acquired 88 new MetaVR virtual reality scene generator (VRSG) licences for the A-10 full mission trainer (FMT) programme, bringing the total number of VRSG licences to close to 400.
The base FMT simulator configuration is said to use MetaVR VRSG to drive an eight-screen display that has been configured to fit within a nine foot ceiling.
The USAF uses VRSG software licences for coordinated close-air-support training missions between pilots and joint terminal air controllers (JTACs).
The new licences will be used to expand the field-of-view of the existing simulators, which are expected to provide greater immersion and situational awareness for the pilot.
The A-10 FMT uses MetaVR visuals for the out-the-window and sensor views and consists of a high-fidelity replica of an A-10 aircraft cockpit, an instructor operator station (IOS), a visual system and other equipment that provides trainees initial and ongoing training for flight, mission, and tactics.
The USAF also bought software maintenance for nearly 300 licences of MetaVR's real-time 3D virtual world rendering software, which provides the A-10 simulator programme access to MetaVR's software enhancements, new 3D models, and terrain databases.
It recently integrated MetaVR VRSG with Battlespace Simulations' Modern Air Combat Environment (MACE) software.
MACE provides the A-10 FMT simulator increased training realism with greater ability to control the environmental conditions, generate realistic electronic warfare scenarios and equipment, manage imagery and map data, and control ground forces.
Image: An example of images generated by VRSG software. Photo: courtesy of MetaVR.