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Lockheed Martin Expands its Global Deployment of F-35 Simulators with RGB Spectrum’s New Video Technology

F-35 Pilot FMS

With rising geopolitical tensions, the United States is bolstering defense capabilities of our nation and those of our allies across the globe. To this end, the United States is providing our armed forces – Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy – and 14 of our international allies with next-generation war fighting aircraft and advanced simulators, including Full Mission Simulators (FMS) capable of training pilots to fly multi-aircraft missions.

The F-35 FMS helps pilots train in air-to-air, air-to-ground, and electronic warfare missions. Beyond individual pilot training, the simulator provides synchronous four aircraft missions for squadron training. Lockheed selected RGB Spectrum’s latest Zio networked video platform.

Lockheed Martin’s FMS upgrade objectives were to achieve greater system interoperability with H.264 Video-over-IP support, to make recordings more accessible, and to reduce overall system costs. The new Zio platform met these objectives.

A Look Inside the F-35 FMS

Zio encoders stream visuals and data the pilots observe during maneuvers, including avionics, navigation, out-the-window imagery, target acquisition, and weapons control. Streams are transmitted to the Instructor’s Operator Station (IOS) to enable instructors to view the live visuals seen by pilots. Zio media servers record the exercise and then Zio media servers, and multi-image decoders are used in the AAR debriefing rooms to replay the simulation and assess pilots’ performance.

Zio media servers are ideally suited to meet the FMS’ high-fidelity recording and streaming requirements. They feature concurrent recording/streaming and concurrent recording and playback. During debriefings, instructors can use full playback controls including frame-by-frame jog/shuttle and variable speed forward/reverse playback to enhance review. Instructors can also randomly access any point within the recordings to save time for quick reference.

JSF-FMS

Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.
The Zio 2 AV-over-IP platform is used in each of the simulator’s main components - the pilot cockpits, Instructor Operator Stations (IOS), and After-Action-Review (AAR) debriefing room, tying together the full simulation system.

By combining distribution, display and recording functions in a single platform, the Zio Video-over- IP provided a full solution. All components of the system, including encoders, decoders, recording/playback media servers, and multiviewers, are managed through an intuitive user interface featuring video thumbnail previews and drag-and-drop simplicity.

“The Zio platform is a new and different approach to Video-over-IP,” said Bob Marcus, president, RGB Spectrum. “It sets a new standard for IP video distribution and display in terms of features and simplicity of design. Its superior performance and scalability make the Zio platform ideal for use in simulation and command-and-control.”

Marcus continues, “The F-35 FMS is one of the most sophisticated simulators in the world supporting one of the most advanced planes in the world. We are proud to be a part of this effort.”

RGB Spectrum’s Zio platform and other video solutions are deployed in military applications worldwide, including P-8 Poseidon trainers, simulators for the Global Hawk/Triton UAV, F-16 and F-22 aircraft, Apache, Kiowa, Chinook helicopters, at the NASA/Kennedy Space Center, U.S. Army Operational Test Command, on ships of the U.S., Japanese and Canadian navies, and in the THAAD, MEADS, CRAM and BAMS missile defense systems.

About RGB Spectrum

We design and manufacture video processing, control and display solutions for defense, aerospace, corporate, medical, government, security, education, and industrial applications. Our extensible, secure and powerful video wall processors, multiviewers and AV-over-IP systems are part of visual infrastructure around the world, but most importantly, our products empower you to make better decisions, faster.