ST. LOUIS, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Innovative technology by Boeing allows U.S. fighter aircraft to simultaneously fly against live and computer-generated threats.
The technology, for use with U.S. Air Force F-15E Eagles and U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets, is the result of a $6.3 million contract with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.
Flight tests of system-equipped, Boeing-made aircraft have been conducted and a capstone demonstration of the systems efficacy will be carried out late next year, the company said.
"The integrated training environment can generate warfighter readiness and make aviation flight training much more effective," said John Schwering, Boeing business development leader for integrated Live, Virtual and Constructive training.
"Training can be significantly enhanced by increasing the overall threat density with the use of more sophisticated constructive adversary aircraft and ground-based electronic warfare threats."
Boeing said the technology provides aircrews with a complex virtual strike training environment in which to train, while potentially decreasing the number of real aircraft and other assets to practice against.
"Anticipating the future needs of both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, Boeing began developing this modeling and simulation technology on its own in 2007, which reduced the government's risk in exploring the capability," Boeing said. "A series of demonstrations with an F-15E through November 2009 verified key components. And a Super Hornet recently completed its first flight tests to evaluate these new technologies."
In recent testing, two F/A-18Es and two F-15Es simulated air combat between two live F-16s and 12 virtual aircraft. The in-flight crews also dealt with multiple ground threats.