Vrgineers Inc. has presented an unclassified F-35-like Classroom 2.0 Trainer at I/ITSEC in Orlando, Florida. The simulator software consists of the high-fidelity D-SIM flight simulation framework developed by multiSIM BV in The Netherlands.
This combination resulted in a solution that is not part of the official F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter programme (JSF). Meaning that the trainer does not include any classified information, however, is still able to achieve the following: basic flight & systems demo's & training, mission simulation and rehearsal, type specific hypoxia training, Distributed Command & Control training, Human Factors training, and HOTAS rehearsal.
And, thanks to its usage of the XTAL Mixed Reality technology and fully functional cockpit replica, a high level of immersion is added.
The Vrgineers trainers' main advantage from the pilots' point of view is their convenience of usage and unrestricted access. Thanks to their affordability, modern air forces can purchase whole simulation squadrons, having 12 interconnected trainers. This way airmen can set up training scenarios and start mission rehearsal anytime.
The Classroom, instead of the old-fashioned LCD-based simulators, grants the training facilities the opportunity to equip the class with more than one particular aircraft simulator. The platform can be modified to any wing or rotorcraft by swapping the central and side panels. This gives the commands a huge advantage to train their pilots and cadets faster and more efficiently or train the whole unit at the same time.
The HMD XTAL integrated in every Vrgineers Classroom Trainer empowers the pilot to take advantage of unlimited movements and views. The true-to-life picture, the 180-field-of-view, 4K per eye, eye tracking and the mixed reality module comply with the requirements of the next generation pilot training.
Software delivered by multiSIM brings further added value to the project since the company specializes in software development of Open-Simulation that allows the customer to access the simulator data and processes enabling fast development of simulator training solutions and easy integration into existing trainers and hardware.
The combination of the Vrgineers Classroom 2.0 Trainer and the multiSIM software is useful for custom training like hypoxia awareness training, distributed mission training or F-35-related research applications.
Foreign Air Forces can directly approach Lockheed Martin and ask for this unofficial solution, which can be incorporated and delivered under the official deliveries on top of the official solution. This is possible thanks to Vrgineers and Lockheed Martin cooperation and the fact that this trainer was partially co-developed under SBIR Lightweight or Modular Simulators AF203-DCSO2 topic. This also allows the Air Force to source this solution directly from Vrgineers.