Evolving Fighter Training with Live-Virtual-Constructive Integration


Four F-22 pilots are flying in an air-to-ground training sortie to practice weapons employment. To replicate the complexities of real-world missions, the pilots will have to fight their way to a target area past four MiG-29 adversaries.

If live, this training event would require eight aircraft, but through live-virtual-constructive (LVC) technology, this exercise requires only two live fly F-22s. LVC enables fourth and fifth generation aircraft pilots to practice in an integrated environment with live fly aircraft, simulators and computer-generated adversaries that act like real threats.

An LVC environment is becoming increasingly important to effectively prepare airmen. Lockheed Martin is now developing technologies that will provide a path forward for live fly aircraft to use virtual and constructive data to accomplish training objectives. LVC can facilitate training while reducing costs and minimizing reliance on airspace, adversary aircraft and ground threats.

In LVC, computer-generated threats show up on the aircraft or simulators’ sensors just like real air or ground adversaries. These threats are managed by instructors who control the virtual enemies’ tactics. The addition of virtual adversaries in the air and on the ground greatly increases the complexity of training missions so that pilots are ready to engage when and if needed in the real world.

See more about what Lockheed Martin has in store for LVC training at I/ITSEC  in booth 1749. Technology demonstrations will take place throughout the conference.