For the third consecutive year MetaVR, Inc. is the lead sponsor of the 2012 Close Air Support (CAS) Conference to be held at the Royal Aeronautical Society, London, November 5-7, 2012. The conference is the leading unclassified forum for close air support at the tactical level in Europe.
The conference will start with a study day on November 5, examining future CAS technology, followed by the main conference on November 6-7 where a range of international CAS programs and developments will be examined. The emphasis of the conference is on the training, equipment, and communications of the TACP/FAC/JTAC on the ground and the doctrine that supports the JTAC’s interface with the CAS aircraft and other joint assets.
Gary DeYoung from Battlespace Simulations and W. Garth Smith from MetaVR will give a joint presentation, “Building an Accredited JTAC Simulator as a Private Venture – Lessons Learned”. This presentation will describe the two-year joint and privately funded effort by MetaVR and Battlespace Simulations to develop a JTAC and Call-for-Fire simulator. The features of the simulator were developed based on numerous interviews with the JTAC community, primarily through the US Air Force Special Operations Command. The resulting simulator was evaluated by the Joint Fire Support Executive Steering Committee and accredited for types 1, 2, 3, and day/night control, and laser target designation: the simulator has the highest rating of any available JTAC simulator for these types of controls. This accreditation applies to the AFSOC JTAC trainer, USAF J-T/OSS, AAJTS, JFIRES, and JTAC-TRS systems.
The BSI/MetaVR JTAC simulator is comprised of BSI’s Modern Air Combat Environment (MACE) scenario/entity generator and MetaVR’s Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG). The system also includes an integrated software based Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) radio, a recording capability for recording and AAR/playback of missions, and a simulated Mark VIIE or SOFLAM laser range finder/laser designator. The system has been fully integrated as the Michigan Air National Guard’s 4-meter Joint Fires Dome in Grayling, MI, AFSOC’s Special Tactics Training at Hurlburt Field, FL, and AFRL’s JTAC-TRS 5-meter domes, and is currently being developed for additional US and international customers.
MetaVR, founded in 1997, develops commercial PC-based software for the military simulation and training markets, featuring high-speed 3D visualization content and rapid creation of networked virtual worlds using real-world data. MetaVR’s real-time visual systems provide the fidelity of geospecific simulation with game-quality graphics. Users can build (with real-world photographic imagery, elevation data, and feature data) high-fidelity virtual worlds with our terrain generation tools, and render in real time, at 60Hz frame rates, the resulting virtual world with our real-time 3D visualization application, Virtual Reality Scene Generator. MetaVR systems are used for applications such as unmanned aerial systems trainers, manned flight simulators, mission planning and rehearsal, JTAC simulation training, urban operations training, and disaster management training. For more information, visit www.metavr.com.