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F-35 Fighter Full Mission Simulator Deploying Globally with RGB Spectrum’s Advanced Recording Technology

Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Full Mission Simulator

The next generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, developed by Lockheed Martin, is a family of stealth multi-role aircraft. The aircraft requires pilots to master new competencies; thus, simulation plays a prominent role. The Full Mission Simulator (FMS) addresses air-to-air, air-to-ground and electronic warfare missions. Beyond individual pilot training, it provides synchronous four aircraft missions for squadron training.

U.S. lawmakers have been urging the Department of Defense to expand foreign military sales of the F-35 aircraft and FMS simulators to create a stronger coalition of allies. There are currently 17 bases worldwide fielding the F-35, with over 400 aircraft delivered to date. The FMS is being delivered to Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England/UK, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Singapore and South Korea. In total, these partner nations plan to acquire over 3100 aircraft through 2035.

To provide pilots with the most realistic training experience possible, Lockheed’s Full Mission Simulators utilize RGB Spectrum’s advanced DGy recording and streaming system employing high fidelity JPEG2000 compression. The DGy codecs simultaneously stream and record visuals and data that the pilots observe during maneuvers, including avionics, navigation, out-the-window imagery, target acquisition, and weapons control.

The DGy streams are transmitted to the Instructor's Operator Station (IOS) so instructors can view the visuals seen by pilots during the live simulation exercise. Concurrently, these visuals are recorded to RGB Spectrum’s Multicast Video Server (MVS) for storage and management. Following live simulation exercises, the recordings are replayed in an After-Action-Review (AAR) debriefing facility with crews to assess pilots' performance.

JPEG2000 compression produces visually lossless streaming and recording. The codec records every frame, which allows frame-by-frame review during the AAR debriefing and post-simulation analysis.

DGy codec Full Mission Simulator

RGB Spectrum’s DGy JPEG2000 codecs are deployed in F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Full Mission Simulators for live streaming and recording during simulations and replay in after-action-reviews.

The DGy codecs offer an unparalleled feature set, including event marking, variable speed playback, frame-by-frame jog/shuttle, and a failsafe recording feature which automatically protects recordings in a system failure. Event marks can be inserted during recording or replay to provide fast access to marked events.

RGB Spectrum’s DGy codecs are the de facto standard for mission-critical applications, simulation, training, missile testing, and C4ISR. Other high-profile installations include P-8 Poseidon trainers, simulators for the Global Hawk/Triton UAV, F-16 and F-22 aircraft, Apache, Kiowa, Chinook, and Blackhawk helicopters, and operational deployments on the U.S. Navy AEGIS destroyer fleet, the Canada Navy frigate fleet, and the THAAD and MEADS missile defense programs.

Recording and streaming for the mission simulator

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Full Mission Simulator (FMS) DGy system architecture

RGB Spectrum provides innovative solutions for processing, distribution, and display of video and IP data. Since its founding in 1987, RGB Spectrum has established itself as a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge video/graphics processors and decision support systems. Company offerings include AV over IP, video wall processors, multiviewers, matrix switchers, codecs, extenders, and integrated solutions for control room management. For more information, visit www.rgb.com.