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ST Engineering Antycip has partnered with Nova Systems to provide a Capability Concept Demonstrator (CCD) to investigate novel mission training solutions for the RAF. The prototype aims to enable pilots to exercise capabilities, tactics and procedures that would be difficult and very expensive in the live environment due to airspace, aircraft availability or security constraints, the company writes in a press release.

CCDs are intended to aid understanding and investigate military utility without committing to major expenditure until more relevant factors are better understood. In this particular project, the F-35 is being integrated with the GLADIATOR platform in the form of low-cost, targeted-fidelity simulators allowing interaction for the first time in a synthetic training environment between F-35 and other platforms.

The hardware used in this project, selected by Nova Systems, forms part of the four simulator “cockpits” which comprise of two fixed based 180° domes and two deployable VR systems, utilising mixed reality headsets to provide the visual display. The prototype explores how the use of GOTS/COTS products can be maximised to introduce additional synthetic training capacity to the RAF.