The U.S. Air Force will continue to ramp up its flight simulation and training capabilities with the addition of up to 20 F-16 Mission Training Centers (MTC) on American, European and Pacific bases.
Each MTC is made up of four high-definition simulators featuring InterSense Inc.’s IS-900 inertial/ultrasonic tracking technology (demonstrated in the embedded video) combined with Link Simulation & Training’s—a division of L3—SimuSphere HD or Advance Helmet Mounted Display (AHMD).
The resulting technology allows F-16 pilots to “detect, identify and engage targets from the same apparent distance as when flying a real mission — creating an optimum environment for advanced pilot training, tactics validation and mission rehearsal. “
The end result looks something like this.
Estimates put the contract value at $68 million for all 20 MTCs. Still, when factoring in that it costs approximately $7,750 an hour to fly an actual F-16, the time spent training in a simulator works out to be a whole lot cheaper.