F-16 Fighting Falcon News

Simulcast of DVD-quality videos helps F-16 pilots safely train

November 8, 1999 (by Lieven Dewitte) - InfoValue Computing, Inc. announced that its Simulcast AAR video streaming technology has been selected by Lockheed Martin for use in the U.S. Air Force's next-generation F-16 Mission Training Centers.
These Centers will house networked system simulations to allow F-16 pilots to fly integrated, virtual combat missions with high realism and fidelity. InfoValue's technology will be used to stream live, high-quality videos from the cockpit of these simulators to observers located throughout each training center.

Simulcast AAR will also let instructors/observers record these video streams on a central digital video server, where they will be immediately available for conducting instant "after-action-reviews" (AAR's) with the pilots during or after a training mission. This will help instructors see what their pilots see, and it will help pilots review their responses.

During training flights, the high-quality imagery of the multi-function displays and the HUD of each F-16 is broadcasted in four DVD-quality MPEG2 videos to the instructor operator stations, monitor stations, and recording video server. After training flights, and during after-action reviews, Simulcast AAR allows the simultaneous and precise playback of all videos that are recorded at the same time.

The F-16 Mission Training Center (MTC) will be part of the U.S. Air Force's Air Combat Command's program to continually enhance and upgrade pilots' mission performance and hone their flight safety procedure responses. Pilots will be trained to operate their planes from low-altitude, on-the-deck, air-to-ground missions to high-altitude air-to-air combat in every type of weather condition imaginable. In addition to zeroing-in on ground targets, they'll evade threats, engage in combat and perform all types of maneuvers in real time.

The first two MTCs are scheduled to be delivered to Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, and to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Ultimately, Lockheed Martin MTCs will be for use at air bases worldwide.