Boeing has started production of the ‘real-as-it-gets’ ground-based training system (GBTS) for the T-7A RED HAWK, the company announced last week.

The first two weapons systems trainers (WST) and an operational flight trainer (OFT) are now in construction. These simulators – the foundation for pilot training and key to the US Air Force’s readiness – can digitally connect to actual T-7A aircraft and enable live-virtual-constructive (LVC) and embedded training scenarios.

The RED HAWK’s training system is arguably the most advanced in the world. It’s a game-changer,” commented Chuck Dabundo, VP of T-7 Programs. “This system is 100% integrated with the pilot’s real-world experience, offering ‘real-as-it-gets’ simulation. We’re working closely with the US Air Force and look forward to testing and fielding the devices.”

The simulators feature high-fidelity crew stations that include dynamic motion seats and Boeing Constant Resolution Visual System’s 8K native projectors, offering 16 times the clarity of traditional high-definition video (1080p).

This is the most accurate, immersive experience that any pilot can have outside the aircraft,” explained Sherri Koehnemann, T-7A Training & Sustainment Director at Boeing Global Services. “We’ve integrated the training across the board, including ‘one push’ software updates. What a pilot sees in the classroom, on his or her desktop training devices, and in the operational and weapon systems trainers will be what they see in the jet. Future pilots can expect more holistic, immersive training.”

The T-7A’s GBTS was built on an open systems architecture of hardware and digital software that will allow it to grow with the Air Force’s evolving needs. Boeing expects to deliver the first T-7A simulator in 2023.

The T-7A will reinforce the trainee experience using high-end optics and dynamic motion seats. (Photo: Boeing/Eric Shindelbower)

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