Military Embedded Systems

UAV simulators with MetaVR image generators ordered by USAF


July 02, 2019

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

UAV simulators with MetaVR image generators ordered by USAF
Photo courtesy of MetaVR.

BROOKLINE, Mass. MetaVR, 3D content and software developer, announces that the U.S. Army Joint Technology Center and Systems Integration Lab (JSIL) has purchased an additional 86 MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) licenses to provide visuals for the continued rollout of U.S. Air Force MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) simulators.


The VRSG software is used in the Air Force’s MALET-JSIL Aircrew Trainer (MJAT) – a plug-and-play training capability that converts an operational MQ-9 ground control station (GCS) into a training simulator.

Within the MJAT, VRSG is part of the Air Force Synthetic Environment for Reconnaissance and Surveillance (AFSERS) software to stimulate the tactical vehicle control software to emulate GCS functions: air vehicle control, payload control, weapons control, communications, video data transmission, and mission planning. VRSG simulates the RPA camera payload by streaming real-time HD-quality H.264 video with KLV metadata.

With its force-multiplying ability to enable RPA operators to train on actual aircraft GCS hardware, using real intelligence, surveillance, and reconaissance systems and interacting with networked Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) simulators, the embedded MJAT provides the Air Force a method to ‘train as it fights.’ The MJAT also provides RPA operators the ability to conduct simulation training as part of their qualification and continuation training.

These new licenses will extend the roll-out of the MJAT simulator across Air Force MQ-9 Reaper GCS sites. To date, 56 MJATs have been fielded by the Air Force.


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