The U.S. Air Force Test Center (AFTC) under Air Force Materiel Command wants industry to contribute Visual Display Systems (VDS) for the Joint Simulation Environment (JSE) for the Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35.
AFTC is seeking submission of white papers within the next month on VDS solutions for JSE.
The 412th Air Wing’s Electronic Warfare Group at Edwards AFB, Calif., “Has a requirement for [VDSs] to support the Joint Threat Simulation (JSE) environment and the Friendly / Virtual Air Threat (TAF / TVA) ”, according to a commercial notice Last week. “A VDS is defined as an out-of-window display screen (OTW), image projectors, an automatic alignment and calibration system, a mechanical edge mixing solution, and supporting structures and interfaces.” . The VDS contractor will integrate all VDS components.
“The Air Force is looking for innovative solutions with regard to the fidelity and field of view (FOV) of the VDS proposed as part of this call,” according to the notice. “The proposed solution will have to take into account the human factor relationship or the physical relationship of the main components of the simulator. Important aspects to remember are the physical relationships of the pilot eye.
A big challenge for DoD approval of full-throttle production of the F-35 has been the JSE testing, which involves assessing how the F-35 will perform in the face of advanced threats. A delay in these tests pushed the production decision back to full throttle, and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (DR.I.) said in February that the completion of such tests was “a long time ago. “(Daily Defense, February 24). The JPO said it now expects the completion of the JSE tests by the end of next year.
At a House Tactical Air and Land Forces Committee hearing last week, Raymond O’Toole, the Pentagon’s acting director of operational testing and evaluation (DOT&E), said concerns remained about the matter of the F-35 JSE (Daily Defense, July 13).
“While a majority of the initial operational tests and evaluations of the F-35 [IOT&E], including the outdoor testing, has been completed, an essential part of the T&E program remains – the JSE testing, ”O’Toole said. “The JSE is the only way, other than actual combat against an even adversary, to assess the F-35 against the types of threats, density and operational scenarios that we are supposed to face. Therefore, DOT&E cannot publish its IOT&E report without the data that the JSE will gather when performing the 64 scheduled tests.
These last 64 tests should allow the F-35 program to complete the IOT&E. The F-35 program established JSE for F-35 IOT & E about five years ago after the program decided to resume work on the Lockheed Martin simulation environment.
Construction began in February at Edwards AFB on a $ 34.4 million, 72,000 square foot JSE facility for fifth and next generation development testing, operational testing, and advanced training and tactical development. top of the line. Nellis AFB, Nevada, is to have a smaller 50,000 square foot JSE test environment.