Lockheed Pitches Smaller, Cheaper F-35 Simulator

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Unread post02 Dec 2021, 19:52

FMS/DMRT & potential 'lite' version articles are scattered - new thread starts here - 2 page PDF of article attached below.
Lockheed Pitches Smaller, Cheaper F-35 Simulator
30 Nov 2021 Brian Everstine

"ORLANDO, FLORIDA—Lockheed Martin is internally developing a smaller, cheaper mission rehearsal training simulator to give F-35 pilots the ability to practice without relying on the existing large, full-mission simulators.

The F-35 Mission Rehearsal Trainer-Lightning Integrated Training Environment (MRT LITE) is about one-eighth the size of the full-mission simulator, with a 90% reduction in the hardware footprint. The system has a modular configuration and can be packed up to move more easily and be deployed if needed.

Erik Etz, Lockheed Martin’s senior manager of new business, strategy and road maps, said the need for smaller simulators is anticipated as more F-35 operating locations stand up and sea-based jets head out on ships that are not able to support the full-mission simulator. Adding the cheaper MRT LITE to existing training sites also would allow pilots to train in larger formations, he said.

The system has a cockpit with controls, including a touch screen in front of the pilot replicating control screens in the aircraft. Unlike the full-mission simulator that has a full, 360-deg. view, the smaller system uses three large screens in front of the pilot. Etz said the difference in displays means the smaller system would be more effective for pilots to train for beyond-visual-range situations, as opposed to a dogfight or other scenarios that requires the full 360-deg. view.

A demonstrator of the system runs the Lockheed Martin-developed open simulation software Prepar3d , which can connect to other simulators at other locations to allow pilots to train together. Lockheed is in the process of developing the classified Operational Flight Program system, which would allow the simulator to replicate weapons systems and other classified elements.

Lockheed has been developing the system over the past 18 months, and is reaching out to the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps to figure out what their requirements would be if the system were to be acquired, said Raashi Quattlebaum, Lockheed’s vice president of F-35 training and logistics. Lockheed would not provide an estimate of the system’s cost, but said it is significantly less than the existing full mission simulators."

Photo: "Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Mission Rehearsal Trainer-Lightning Integrated Training Environment.
Credit: Lockheed Martin"


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Unread post02 Dec 2021, 20:14

Another version of same story with same photo:
Lockheed unveils pared-down F-35 trainer with same software capability but a 90% reduced footprint
02 Dec 2021 Megan Eckstein

"ORLANDO, Fla. — Lockheed Martin has developed an F-35 trainer with less hardware that could see the U.S. and partner countries expand their training capacity for less cost.

The company unveiled the F-35 Mission Rehearsal Trainer Lightning Integrated Training Environment, or MRT LITE, simulator at the annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference. The reveal follows about 18 months of development and demonstrations with F-35 program customers, Erik Etz, senior manager of new business, strategy and road maps, told reporters Nov. 30.

Etz said the F-35 Full Mission Simulator, which is set up in a dome with 360-degree visuals for a full cockpit experience, is the most widely used F-35 training system, with more than 100 trainers delivered across the globe.

MRT LITE runs the same software in a pared-down footprint — 90% less hardware, the company noted, with eight MRT LITEs fitting within the allotted space of a full mission simulator.

The LITE version has three screens for forward-looking views only, “but there’s a need for more capacity at a number of those [global training] sites. So based on that need, we decided to go ahead and embark some internal investments to shrink the footprint associated with the full-mission sim and created a device, a family of devices, that will provide capacity at fixed sites,” Etz said.

In addition to the reduced views, the smaller version excludes some switches and other interfaces needed for emergency-only procedures, among other changes. But Etz, a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot, said the trainer covers 75% of the F-35 mission set, including all the beyond-visual-range tasks at the heart of fifth-generation fighter missions.

“Basically, our customers are asking for something portable, something affordable and something that’s got a smaller footprint. So this option really supplies that to them, all of it,” Raashi Quattlebaum, vice president of F-35 training and logistics, told reporters during the briefing....

...Etz said the trainer is fully modular and can be broken down and reassembled within hours, contributing to customers’ portable requirement. He envisions this trainer not only supplementing the full dome trainers at established sites but also being set up in trailers at ports and airfields on demand, or even being set up on aircraft carriers for training during deployments.

The company wouldn’t comment on the cost of the system, nor would it detail the timeline for completing development and beginning to get contracts signed, but Etz said he hopes to wrap up final development soon. The system is already running all the unclassified software [PREPAR3D] but needs additional integration to run the classified software....

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Unread post04 Dec 2021, 06:37

The USMC would use these portable F-35 trainers for sure, long article _ mostly the 'shooters' parts not excerpted below.
Advanced threats, operational changes drive training transformation for US Marines
03 Dec 2021 Megan Eckstein

"...“We’re going to have to be able to train like we fight, and part of that means to operate [under the Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations concept that’s shaping Marines’ plans]. It’s all about that network: It’s information at the right place, at the right time, in a usable fashion so we can make decisions at the lowest level,” Brig. Gen. Matthew Mowery, the assistant deputy commandant for aviation, said during a Dec. 1 panel.

He added the Marine aviation community fielded good simulators on the United States’ East and West coasts as well as in Japan, but the challenge for the next couple budget cycles will be developing training interoperability with ground forces. Ideally, he said, pilots from the air combat element and Marines in the ground combat element of the same Marine expeditionary unit should be able to train together, seeing the same scenario and being able to attack a problem together.

He noted that another upcoming focus will involve developing smaller and more rugged versions of aviation simulators that can go to more locations and on deployments. “To fight a peer threat, you’ve got to be able to train to that all the time, not just once a year at some of the larger training bases,” he said....

...Maj. Gen. Julian Alford, who leads Training Command, said during his opening remarks that the commandant tasked him with revamping the infantry community to support Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations and other emerging concepts and missions. He said improvements in individual training is already happening and will continue as the service invests in new capabilities, even ahead of these infantry Marines being ready to join the large, force-on-force drills the other generals discussed.

He noted Marine aviators learn in a simulator before they risk their lives in a plane, but the same is not done for infantry Marines. “The first time a Marine goes into combat should not be the first time they go to combat; because when you go down to flight school, before a pilot ever gets in an airplane, takes off in the airplane, lands in the airplane, drops a bomb in an airplane — they do what multiple times? Simulation. So we owe that to our young front-line troops, infantrymen, to do the same thing,” Alford said.

He said the service has fielded an infantry immersion trainer, similar to one that communications Marines go through, “where the Marine is under stress, having to operate, for instance with the comm school, touch his radio, work his radio, take it apart, put it back together, all under stress: loud explosions, lights going on and off, having to do it in the dark with headlamps and so forth. We’re doing that with our infantry, too,” he said, adding that two systems on the East Coast and one on the West Coast were recently set up...." [then LVC comes into focus]

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Unread post04 Dec 2021, 06:55

The QE had F-35 sims. Set up in shipping containers, on their cruise. I can see sims being deployed, as part of the basic foot print.
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Unread post04 Dec 2021, 07:22

optimist wrote:The QE had F-35 sims. Set up in shipping containers, on their cruise. I can see sims being deployed, as part of the basic foot print.

NOT ONLY BUT ALSO RAAF: viewtopic.php?f=58&t=23043&p=390933&hilit=simulator%2A#p390933
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