WPC’s 32 new VRSG licenses used in part in NATO ‘Unified Vision’
United States Air Forces Europe’s (USAFE) Warrior Prep Center (WPC) at Einsiedlerhof Air Station, Germany, uses MetaVR‘s Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) in multiple simulators for combat readiness training.
With a recent acquisition of 32 new VRSG licenses, a total of 54 VRSG licenses are used for joint terminal attack controller (JTAC), F-16, remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) and other training missions.
Among the WPC’s NATO exercises in which VRSG Is used was ‘Unified Vision’, a bi-annual processing, exploitation and dissemination (PED) trial, held in June at multiple European and North Atlantic locations. The goal of this distributed exercise was to test and improve interoperability of joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets.
In ‘Unified Vision,’ VRSG was coupled with BattleSpace Simulations’ (BSI) Modern Air Combat Environment (MACE) for simulating RPAs, with Air Force Synthetic Environment for Reconnaissance and Surveillance (AFSERS) for U2 and GLOBAL HAWK simulations, and with Vignette Planning and Rehearsal Software (ViPRS) for ground simulations.
In training exercises, WPC uses VRSG with MACE to generate dynamic scenarios, and VRSG Scenario Editor for culture placement and to create background traffic patterns. VRSG is also used with ViPRS for creating intricate scenarios depicting pattern of life, person-of-interest movement, and law enforcement apprehension of suspects. For example, the patterns of life ground scenarios in ‘Unified Vision’ include a SWAT team’s capture and arrest of two suspects at a busy train station.
WPC is a training facility for USAFE and Air Forces Africa. With its interactive computer simulations in multiple networking environments, the facility’s mission is to plan, engineer, and execute worldwide distributed combat readiness tactical and strategic training to joint, allied and partner nation soldiers in the European and African theatres.
In November last year, USAFE WPC held a ribbon cutting ceremony highlighting the delivery and operational status of the new JTAC domed simulator. The domed simulator, named Joint Terminal Control Training and Rehearsal System, was designed to support training for JTAC in the performance of terminal control, terminal guidance, close air support, and joint fires operations training.
This training simulator uses multiple 4K projectors to display a 270-degree field of view for JTACs. They can even use emulated binoculars, night vision equipment and M4 carbines during their training.