The Need

Currently, no cost-effective 5th generation medium-fidelity flight training solutions are available that meet United States Air Force (USAF) and partner nation pilot readiness and training needs. 

The Solution

Working closely with pilot subject matter experts and the Air Force Research Laboratory, Charles River Analytics developed the Next Generation, Multirole Fighter Instruction and Rehearsal Environment (GeMFIRE) system to meet this need. GeMFIRE delivers a pilot-approved and game-based medium fidelity flight environment that is easily tailored to address emerging training gaps.

The Benefit

GeMFIRE offers a tested and cost-effective Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) training and rehearsal environment that leverages a variety of key technologies, including augmented reality (AR) helmet-mounted displays and virtual reality (VR) cockpit representations, as part of an integrated, low-cost, open-software solution for pilots, system developers, and training researchers.

Our GeMFIRE Live, Virtual, Constructive 5th generation pilot training solution integrates within USAF simulation and training environments

GeMFIRE at Cleared Hot event

A recent AFRL LVC event incorporating the GeMFIRE system. GeMFIRE helps ensure the readiness of 5th gen USAF pilots by delivering a cost-effective, pilot-approved, medium-fidelity environment that addresses emerging training gaps. 

"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’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.

As part of Charles River Analytics family of Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) systems, GeMFIRE offers a scalable display and control device framework for integration with government and commercial off-the-shelf simulator components. GeMFIRE 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. 

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.

GeMFIRE at Cleared Hot event 

From AFRL’s “Cleared Hot” event, GeMFIRE (center-top), provides a 5th generation virtual training solution.

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 are supporting 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.

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