Operator Training Devices


AV-8B Deployable Mission Rehearsal Trainer (DMRT)

The DMRT is designated as Device 2F241 and is a self-contained device, produced with a maximum use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products. The basic configuration of this system will consist of a simulated AV-8B cockpit comprised of flat and touch screens to display instruments, switches, knobs, cockpit indicators, avionics and an out-the-window field of view. The concept/architecture of the DMRT emphasizes plug-and-play capabilities. The DMRT is an open architecture interface design that enables future technology upgrades that will enhance the performance and reliability of the training system.  The DMRT will be deployable to theaters of operation including LHA and LHD big deck amphibious ships.

The DMRT is intended to provide deployed AV-8B pilots the following training capabilities:

  • Radar operation
  • Hands on Throttle and Stick (HOTAS)
  • Multi-Purpose Displays (MPDs)
  • Control Monitor Set (CMS) Operations
  • Mission Type Rehearsal

Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Full Mission Trainer (FMT) Upgrade Program

The LCAC FMT is an operations trainer for the Operator, Engineer, Navigator and Group Commander of the LCAC. It replicates the LCAC Control Cabin, and consists of a six degree of freedom motion system, 180 degree field of view visual display, aural system, two instructor stations, computer equipment, and associated peripherals. The LCAC FMT provides training in the complex skills required for safe operation of the LCAC in both normal and casualty modes.

LSI was awarded the LCAC FMT Upgrade Program in September of 2014 on the Training Support Contract III Lot II with Naval Air Warfare Training Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD).  The program consisted of upgrading the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific (EWTGPAC) and Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Atlantic (EWTGLANT) trainers. Both trainers received six degree of freedom (6 DOF) motion system replacements. The 6 DOF Motion Systems were old hydraulic systems that LSI replaced with state of the art MOOG electrical motion systems, thereby reducing hazardous material present and increasing system performance.  LSI also replaced the projection systems on both trainers.  Old Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) projectors were replaced with Light-Emitting Diode (LED) projectors, this greatly improve the sustainability costs and reliability of the projection system.  Additionally, LSI upgraded the Image Generators and Database, and EWTGPAC Mylar Screen and Window were replaced. LSI received Exceptional Contractor Performance Assessment System (CPARS) evaluations on this program.

Modernized Target Acquisition Designator Sight (TADS) Selected Task Trainer (M-TSTT)

Modernized Target Acquisition Designator Sight (TADS) Selected Task Trainer (M-TSTT) is an AH-64 Apache Helicopter part task trainer that provides an interactive means of training pilots in operator procedures related to Sights, Weapons, Communications, Navigation, Controls and Displays, Fire Control Radar, and Data Management.  The M-TSTT also provides interactive tests to train and evaluate users on controls and displays switchology.  These switchology tests offer three levels of complexity ranging from beginner to advanced level.  The training device hardware can easily be changed to support both the AH64D and AH64E aircraft configurations.

Training supported:

  • Switchology
  • Boresighting
  • Tracking/Targeting
  • Target Acquisition (FCR / MTADS)
  • Target Engagement
  • ILS/VOR operation
  • Communications
  • Navigation

Longbow Procedural Trainer (LPT)

The LPT is virtual procedural trainer that faithfully emulates the controls and displays of the Apache aircraft crew station.  The LPT is used by the Longbow New Equipment Training Team (NETT) and Ft. Rucker instructors as a tool for providing training to aircrew personnel.  The LPT allows students to practice procedural tasks for systems such as weapons, sighting, fire control radar, navigation, communications, data management, flight, fuel, performance planning, target tracking, emergency procedures, and digital messaging.  The LPT employs pull-down menus to:

  • Display either pilot or Copilot Gunner (CPG) configuration
  • Access crew station panels
  • Change aircraft configuration or conditions such as adding fuel tanks, updating speed, altitude, and course, enabling emergency conditions, or modifying aircraft system configuration
  • Set up networking between multiple LPT’s on a network to practice audio and digital communications

Students use a mouse, keyboard, or touchscreen display to interact with the LPT.  To increase fidelity, LSI has developed and integrated a modeled TEDAC assembly that connects to the LPT via USB and HDMI.  When connected, the virtual TEDAC display is removed from the user interface and video is displayed on the modeled TEDAC Assembly.