Next generation, multirole fighter instruction
and rehearsal environment
To assist with pilot readiness and training needs, Charles River Analytics developed the Next Generation, Multirole Fighter Instruction and Rehearsal Environment (GeMFIRE) system. GeMFIRE delivers a pilot-approved and game-based medium fidelity flight environment that is easily tailored to address emerging training gaps.
GeMFIRE’s virtual flight training environment provides a realistic and cost-effective solution to address current 5th generation aircraft training gaps. Our solution works seamlessly with other Combat Air Force Distributed Mission Operations (CAF/DMO) virtual training tools, our live avionics solutions, and our constructive, computer-generated force-modeling solutions.
From AFRL’s “Cleared Hot” event, GeMFIRE (center-top), provides a 5th generation virtual training solution.
“The USAF and our coalition partners must comprehensively train and familiarize next-generation pilots with the advanced capabilities and unique pilot-vehicle interfaces coming online in new platforms—something that is not yet economically feasible in live exercises.”
—Dr. Martin Voshell,
Program Manager on our GeMFIRE solution
GeMFIRE offers a scalable display and control device framework to integrate with government and commercial off-the-shelf simulator components. This open-software training solution drives accurate cockpit mission displays, customized augmented reality (AR) helmet-mounted displays, and realistic input controls that can prepare pilots for missions in next-generation aircraft. GeMFIRE is part of Charles River’s family of Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) systems designed for pilots, system developers, and training researchers.
Addressing Training Gaps with Mixed Physical,
AR, and VR Technologies
We worked closely with current and qualified 5th generation pilots and the Integrated Combat Operations Training-Research Testbed at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, to ensure that GeMFIRE delivers a truly pilot-approved, medium-fidelity environment that addresses emerging training gaps. GeMFIRE combines high-fidelity physical display and control hardware with accurate mission displays to deliver bespoke pilot-centered training software. Using established training system standards allows us to integrate GeMFIRE with the latest display technologies. GeMFIRE provides the USAF with a low-cost and open architecture system that can be used by training researchers, system and subsystem developers, test and fitment centers, and fighter squadrons to develop new capabilities at multiple levels of training fidelity.
A recent AFRL LVC event incorporating the GeMFIRE system. GeMFIRE helps ensure the readiness of 5th generation USAF pilots by delivering a cost-effective, pilot-approved, medium-fidelity environment that addresses emerging training gaps.
Integrating GeMFIRE Systems Worldwide
The first integrated GeMFIRE system was demonstrated as part of AFRL’s “Cleared Hot” LVC integration event at I/ITSEC 2016. In 2018, GeMFIRE played a key virtual flight demonstration role as part of our System of Systems Integration development efforts highlighted at the DARPA60 symposium. In 2019, we supported additional integration and transition of GeMFIRE systems into multiple USAF and partner nation installations worldwide.
This material is based upon work supported by the United States Air Force under Contract No. FA8650-18-C-6976. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Air Force.