The pair are expected to develop a capability concept demonstrator to deliver novel mission training solutions to the British Royal Air Force.
The solution is expected to provide the RAF with a synthetic mission training prototype that enables pilots to conduct difficult exercises, tactics and training simulations that would be otherwise costly or challenging in a live environment.
Under the partnership, it is expected that the F-35 will be integrated into the Gladiator platform, providing a synthetic training environment for the F-35 that is low-cost and targeted-fidelity.
According to ST Engineering Antycip, Nova Systems selected hardware to build the simulator cockpits. The cockpits include VR systems and mixed reality headsets that provide visual displays to the warfighter.
These cockpits include:
- COTS cockpits;
- the Cobra Dome; and
- a XTAL headset.
ST Engineering Antycip confirmed that Gladiator Stack has been selected as the software for the project, utilising a range of MAKOne products.
“Both Nova Systems and ST Engineering Antycip have experience working with the RAF’s Gladiator systems which makes them well suited to this complex project,” Alex Rowan-Smith, digital technologies, modelling, and simulation engineer at Nova Systems International, said.
“If successful, the CCD will demonstrate a low-risk, costed route to swift delivery of additional, synthetic capacity for the RAF’s F-35 (Lightning Force) and enable personnel to participate in Gladiator-enabled synthetic collective training.”
Rowan-Smith explained that the collaboration between the two companies is critical to the success of the project.
“The dynamism of a collaborative and open ethos surrounding the project was successfully demonstrated by both companies. The exhibition created enthusiastic interest in the project and brought positive exposure along with exciting prospects for future opportunities.”
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Katie Howe, senior account manager at ST Engineering Antycip outlined that the pair ensured “maximum value” for the customer.
“The brief for ST Engineering Antycip has been to ensure that the maximum value is being achieved throughout the timeline of this project,” she said.
“This requires good communication and continuous assessment of priorities with the customer. A project of this importance showcases the talent within the UK office, with specialist skills of numerous engineers coming to the fore.”