With today’s threats in-theater becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex, it only makes sense for training solutions and approaches to keep pace with that complexity. This need has given rise to ever-evolving Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) training programs designed to equip warfighters with the skills needed to perform the mission at hand by offering adaptability and flexibility that accounts for the ever-changing threat.
However, purpose-built training programs that address only specific scenarios or missions limit the ability to train warfighters in a more holistic way, sacrificing potential training realism. But what is the most effective way to integrate those existing programs and create a more robust training solution? The answer is interoperability powered by increased datalink bandwidth. Now imagine that flexibility and communication ability applied in-theater.
In a recent whitepaper from Collins Aerospace titled “LVC-Enabled Range Technology: Supporting Training for Next-Gen Weapon Systems,” Ryan P. Littler, Dr. Angus L. M. Thom McLean, Craig L. Smith of Collins Aerospace present the results of recent efforts to understand and accommodate new, blended range training infrastructures that are able to present flexible and consistent LVC-based environments in a secure fashion.
According to the paper’s opening, there is “a gap in the range’s ability to support proper employment, realistic operational testing and training, and ever-increasing operations security (OPSEC) requirements.” This is why the interoperability seen in LVC-enabled range technology is key in closing that gap.
The paper goes on to say, “To represent the growing scale and complexity of these threats, protect our employment methods, and adequately train the operational forces, a secure and flexible range construct is needed for highly capable advanced platforms with rapidly evolving tactics.” That nimbleness exhibited in LVC-enabled range technology exemplifies the ability to quickly adapt in the battlespace.
To learn more about creating more flexible, interoperable infrastructures through the use of LVC-enabled range technology, download the whitepaper here.