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From the Air Force to the Navy, from fighter jets to helicopters, live, virtual and constructive training (LVC) is gaining traction as a “must have” way to train for today and the future. As pointed out in a report on the global helicopter market, LVC will grow as a way to train pilots in both commercial and military settings.

In this roundup of LVC news stories, we’ve highlighted the first integration of virtual and live aircraft in a training event, a new Navy training facility that will support simulated aircraft training, the AFRL’s plan to better integrate LVC into training efforts and the predictions for the global helicopter simulated training market and trends that will affect it. Read more below:

USAF integrates F-16 and F-22 fighter jets during LVC exercise

In a recent LVC training event, the US Air Force (USAF) successfully integrated two virtual F-22 Raptors with four live F-16 Fighting Falcons during a live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training event at the USAF’s Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. The live and virtual aircraft were connected by Northrop Grumman’s LVC experimentation, integration and operations suite (LEXIOS) system, which allowed the virtual aircraft operated by actual aircrew members to participate in the same airspace alongside their live counterparts via networked simulators at full security levels.

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AFRL to prove new LVC technology in 2018, eyeing new program by FY-19

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) says it is on track to a 2018 demonstration of a new LVC training capability that will enable more realistic training environments as the service brings more fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighters into its fleet. Calling its,  Secure LVC Advanced Training Environment (SLATE), the AFRL’s goal is to improve the quality of the Air Force’s training environments by better integrating LVC and overcoming the technological and security issues that currently hinder some high-end training exercises. According to SLATE designers, “The driver is a recognition that there’s a shortfall in my ability to do the realistic training I need to do for this next generation of very sophisticated airplanes against a very sophisticated adversary.”

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Navy begins construction on test range operation center for aviation programs

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) and Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River recently broke ground on the new center of operations for NAWCAD’s Atlantic Test Ranges (ATR). The project is design to enable ATR’s to support simultaneous test operations for current and future naval aviation programs that will also include unmanned systems and LVC battlespace environments. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2017 and provide full-service support for testing and training for naval aviation aircraft and aircraft systems throughout their service life.

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Global Helicopter Simulator (FFS & FSTD) Market 2016-2020 Predicts Growth

Research and Markets says that the global helicopter simulator market will grow at a CAGR of 2.92% from 2016 through 2020. The “Global Helicopter Simulator Market 2016-2020” report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global helicopter simulator market and says that LVC-based training will be a major key trend in market growth. The report says that the demand for helicopters is significantly increasing due its wide range of commercial and military applications and outlined the key vendors in the market, which is led by CAE, Elite Simulation Systems, FRASCA International Rockwell Collins and Thales.

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