The U.S. Army Joint Technology Center and Systems Integration Lab (JSIL) recently purchased 86 new MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) licenses for the continued rollout of the U.S. Air Force MQ-9 remote piloted air vehicle simulator. The simulator, also known as the MALET-JSIL Aircrew Trainer or MJAT, is a plug-and-play training capability that converts a current tactical MQ-9 ground control station into a training simulator.
The MJAT provides RPA operators the ability to conduct simulation training as part of their qualification and continuation training. Like other JSIL-developed RPA trainers, the embedded MJAT uses the Air Force Synthetic Environment for Reconnaissance and Surveillance (AFSERS) software with VRSG, which stimulates the tactical vehicle control software to emulate GCS functions: air vehicle control, payload control, weapons control, communications, send and receive video data, and mission planning.
In the MJAT, VRSG's ability to simulate the camera payload by streaming real-time HD-quality H.264 video with KLV metadata means that when operators are not flying an actual MQ-9, they can train by flying the simulated RPA using the same hardware that they use to operate the actual aircraft, stimulate real ISR systems, and interoperate with JTAC simulators.