“This is a tremendous milestone for the F-35 training team,” said Joanne Puglisi, director of F-35 Training and Support at Lockheed Martin Global Training and Logistics. “We are committed to providing the next generation of F-35 fighter pilots and maintainers with the most advanced training systems in the world. The FMS is a key component in that capability.”
The Joint Strike Fighter simulator is a high-fidelity, 360 degree display with a complete cockpit mock-up of the three versions of the F-35 in service. Lockheed said the simulation accurately imitates the F-35’s sensors and weapons systems.
“JSF training technology brings a revolutionary new capability to the joint services,” said Col. Arthur Tomassetti, 33rd Fighter Wing Vice Commander. “The smooth surface, high-resolution dome is a dramatic improvement over legacy fighter simulators. The high visual acuity and utilization of a significant amount of real aircraft parts and source code will allow us to train a wide variety of mission tasks previously not accomplished in simulators. The F-35 FMS will be our primary pilot training device, and we are anxious to start putting it to good use.”
Installation of the simulator at Eglin is the first step towards a planned F-35 pilot and maintenance training center. Once completed, the F-35 training center will include electronic classrooms, simulators and other training opportunities.