Flight simulator under construction
One of the longest running, most troubled, and most expensive military weapons projects in history is the F-35 fighter jet. The F-35 also known as the Joint Strike Fighter or JSF is being backed by the US and a number of allied nations to help reduce costs. The JSF in all of its variants is in flight testing right now and some production version are rolling off the lines.
One important step in the roll out of the F-35 to pilots is training the pilots to fly the aircraft. To help with the training Lockheed Martin has announced that it has delivered the first F-35 full mission simulators to Elgin Air Force Base. The preparation and assembly of the simulator is underway at the F-35 Integrated Training Center with training to start this fall.
The simulator is able to completely replicate a 360-degree environment with cockpit that can simulate a mission outside the screen and the fully reconfigurable cockpit in the aircraft. The pilot can use the system to accurately activate sensors and deploy weapons.
"JSF training technology brings a revolutionary new capability to the joint services," said Col. Arthur Tomassetti, 33rd Fighter Wing Vice Commander. "The smooth surface, high-resolution dome is a dramatic improvement over legacy fighter simulators. The high visual acuity and utilization of a significant amount of real aircraft parts and source code will allow us to train a wide variety of mission tasks previously not accomplished in simulators. The F-35 FMS will be our primary pilot training device, and we are anxious to start putting it to good use."
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The simulator uses the actual F-35 software to allow the pilot to rain on the real thing that will be used in the JSF. "This is a tremendous milestone for the F-35 training team," said Joanne Puglisi, director of F-35 Training and Support at Lockheed Martin Global Training and Logistics. "We are committed to providing the next generation of F-35 fighter pilots and maintainers with the most advanced training systems in the world. The FMS is a key component in that capability."