The U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a simulation approach where airborne pilots may train together with ground-based pilots in simulators, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday.
The simulation approach, known as Secure Live-Virtual-Constructive Advanced Training Environment or SLATE, also allows users to participate in virtual battles against computer-generated opponents. The Warfighter Readiness Research Division of USAF's 711th Human Performance Wing of the Airman Systems Directorate led the simulation's development over a four-year period.
USAF's team built a number of new technologies, including an advanced training waveform, to materialize the live-virtual-constructive training approach. The development's completion led to an eight-month demonstration that took place at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The demonstration involved use of F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 aircraft, and officials intend to include fifth-generation units in the future.