As a result of long-term cooperation between Vrgineers and Razbam Simulations, the new F-15E Strike Eagle trainer will be showcased for the first time at the IT2EC show in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The companies want to provide affordable reconfigurable COTS trainers to the U.S. Air Force, combining the Vrgineers’ Portable Trainer and XTAL 3 Virtual Headset with the F-15E Strike Eagle model by Razbam. The F-15E Strike Eagle model was released earlier this year and is available to everyone using Digital Combat Simulator at home.
This concept allows Air Forces to train cooperation and mission rehearsals using an advanced and affordable solution. Portable Trainers are easy to deploy (under 30 minutes) and convenient to transport (by two people). The device offers a high level of immersion thanks to the usage of XTAL, a 180-degrees field of view, and a 4k resolution headset.
“The fidelity of the RAZBAM F-15E Strike Eagle is incredible. The level of detail of the cockpit and scale of the functions available in combination with our trainers allows practically anyone to become a skilled F-15 pilot,” says Marek Polcak, CEO & co-founder of Vrgineers.
Growing demand for pilots, acceptance of virtual pilot training to ensure aviation safety, and the need to reduce the cost of pilot training are the major factors for a rapid increase in using these COTS trainers as a part of growing Pilot Next, RVCT, and other advanced training programs.
“We estimate that till 2030, every pilot will have one of these trainers at their disposal anytime and can use it from home, connecting to the centralized synthetic training environment using a secured VPN to continue exercise despite any restriction such as we saw during the COVID,” adds Marek Polcak, CEO of Vrgineers.
Vrgineers & RAZBAM F-15E Portable Trainer uses F-15E throttle and stick replicas. The rest of the instrumental panel and cockpit is virtual. All the switches and knobs manipulation are solved by hand tracking of the trackball allowing a pilot to access the full capabilities.
The current platform is not suitable for procedural training due to the lack of needed features for muscle memory training. However, Vrgineers is working on a mixed-reality version of the F-15E trainer, which aims to be presented for the first time at the I/ITSEC in Orlando, Florida, this year. The mixed reality setup will allow full 1:1 training.
On top of all mentioned, the F-15E model integrates new TALON AI, a co-pilot artificial intelligence (AI) handling tactical tasks such as locking the target and navigation. This advanced assistance is another step to increase the training curve and support the training of complex tasks before the mission.