Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Navy works on design to create a centralized hub for aviation training


August 31, 2015

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo by U.S. Navy

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. The Naval Aviation Training Systems Program Office (PMA-205) and Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division teamed up to design and demonstrate the Navy Aviation Distributed Training Center (NADTC) prototype, a central hub for distributed aviation training. The NADTC’s goal is to provide daily training opportunities for naval aviation and is part of the Naval Aviation Vision for 2025.

The demonstration, planned and executed by the two offices, showed the Navy’s capability to connect multiple aviation training devices to a central station for dedicated Fleet Synthetic Training - Air (FST-A). During one NADTC event, engineers connected a P-3C Orion training device from Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville to H-60R Seahawk at both NAS Jacksonville and NAS North Island via the Navy Continuous Training Environment (NCTE). During a second event, an E-2D Hawkeye training device connected from NAS Norfolk to F-18C Hornet from NAS Oceana and NAS Lemoore.

“The demonstrations were conducted to highlight NADTC’s capability to provide a persistent distributed training center to support realistic, complex and integrated training for the Naval Aviation Enterprise,” says Capt. Craig Dorrans, PMA-205 program manager. “This type of connected training will save the Navy money by taking live training events and replicating them in the virtual environment.”

NADTC officials hope to have the training center complete in 2017. They will also provide a centralized location for technical support, mission planning, opposing force management, and briefing/debriefing capabilities of training events; officials say.

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