Rockwell Collins and CAE announced a collaborative agreement to develop integrated Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) training solutions at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) on Nov. 27.
During the I/ITSEC exhibition, Rockwell Collins and CAE has conducted several demonstrations of an integrated mission training exercise using fully connected, LVC training elements. A live-flying LVC-enabled L-29 aircraft, operated by the University of Iowa’s Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL), was networked with a variety of virtual simulators and constructive forces to demonstrate an integrated, joint, multi-dimensional mission training environment.
Virtual participants in the demonstration included blue force F/A-18 aircraft simulators as well an E-2 aerial surveillance platform operated in the Rockwell Collins booth, networked to Naval Combat System Simulators (NCSS) and remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) desktop trainers running in the CAE booth. A variety of constructive elements representing enemy and friendly forces was injected into the live and virtual training systems for the demonstration of immersive LVC training capabilities. Both CAE and Rockwell Collins jointly conducted distributed command and control (C2) tasks during the exercise.
“As a recognized leader in aerospace solutions providing avionics for live assets and integrated virtual training systems and products, we’ll be able to provide solutions to make LVC-enabled training more routine without boundaries, ultimately resulting in our military customers achieving optimal mission readiness,” said Nick Gibbs, vice president and general manager of Simulation & Training Solutions at Rockwell Collins.
“Integrated live, virtual, constructive training is becoming more critical as defense forces look to cost-effectively maintain readiness and prepare for operational missions,” said Gene Colabatistto, group president, Defense & Security for CAE. “As a training systems integrator, we are focused on supporting our customers’ training and readiness requirements and recognize that cooperation and collaboration will be necessary to deliver integrated LVC training capabilities.”
The demonstration at I/ITSEC showcased how synthetic environments built on different database standards can be correlated and interoperate as part of an integrated LVC training exercise. This includes the use of synthetic data onto the Rockwell Collins L-29 pilots’ integrated Helmet Mounted Display (HMD). CAE and Rockwell Collins also utilized the Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) and High-Level Architecture (HLA) industry standard networking protocols to link LVC assets.