QuantaDyn Corporation maintains an enterprising relationship between traditional training systems and contemporary training concepts yielding a training methodology that simultaneously addresses immediate needs as it stimulates future growth inspirations. QuantaDyn members have honed this skillset from years of evaluating operator needs and fulling established training requirements. Producing this variable fidelity is a result of fundamental engineering protocols, advanced engineering initiatives and valued customer commitment. The following product line demonstrates the success of this wholistic approach from research and development to operational utilization.
The MMCT product was initialized from a flight safety perspective addressing crew coordination and communication deficiencies during dynamic mission operations. The initial platform selected for the MMCT was the C-130H2 enabling quick fielding to employ operational training for pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer and navigator crew positions assigned to C-130 Air National Guard Units. The success of this innovative training protocol was expanded to incorporate H3 and LC-130 ANG Units as well.
QuantaDyn’s variability fidelity approach enabled the ANG to provide aircrew an immediate and affordable product that was capable to accept additional modifications discovered through rigorous training utilization. These upgrades not only support Unit level training needs but can be expanded out into the interoperable Distributed Mission Operations (DMO) environment. This enables crews to fly in large ship formations and or work with ground assets equipping crews with the stronger communicative skills required on these mission profiles.
Currently 11 MMCT devices have been fielded through a partnership with Randolph Trainer Development (RTD). Currently all these devices have the immediate capability to function between the H2, H3, and LC-130 airframes. This capability addresses a mission need for difference training when aircrews are deployed and are expected to fly different models of C-130. The Units that currently have MMCTs are: Mansfield, OH; Great Falls, MT; Bradley, CT; St. Joseph, MO (2); Savannah, GA; Louisville, KY; St. Paul, MN; Peoria, IL; Stratton, NY; Little Rock AFB, AR. Additionally, there is a developmental MMCT system at QuantaDyn’s Ashburn, VA home office that supports TSSC functions.
Future modifications MMCT will support the Boeing KC-135R tanker aircraft for the ANG Units. These systems will be available for immediate DMO functional use. The ingenious design of the MMCT prevents reengineering of hardware components retaining up to 80% of the proven system that will be reused for the KC-135. The other percent of change involves tactical equipment used by the crew (yoke, throttles, and tiller) maintaining high levels of transitional training.
QuantaDyn Corporation’s involvement with inflight refueling was initiated from the USAF Air Education and Training Command (AETC) to address training deficiencies involved in the KC-135 in-flight refuel Part Task Trainer. This system supports boom operator initial qualification and instructor upgrade curriculums. AETC required a complete upgrade to the PTT replacing it with a new simulator system having a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) level D non-motion rating. This required QuantaDyn to reengage the boom operator training system from a wholistic profile incorporating aircraft upgrades, initial qualification requirements and worldwide air refueling operational capabilities.
The primary goal for QuantaDyn was to increase the transfer of training from the initial qualification training course to the flight line and then on out to the operational environment. This was achieved through identifying several key deficiencies with the older system and upgrading these to operational levels of use. An integral part of the boom operator simulator was providing cinematic quality visual receivers that function in a semi-autonomous manner providing the operator with realistic challenges encountered during in-flight refueling.
QuantaDyn added a high level of intelligence to these models that they would respond to various levels of damage states from scraps to catastrophic collision events. The aerodynamic interaction between the tanker, receiver and appropriate refuel configuration (boom or drogue) was introduced into the boom training profile. From the fleet of over 20 different visual receiver models, mission profiles could now replicate large ship formations preparing boom operators for deployed mission scenarios. AETC accepted the two Boom Operator Weapon System Trainers (BOWST) and fielded them at Altus AFB, OK for use with the Aircrew Training System (contracted training).
The Air National Guard contracted with QuantaDyn to modify the BOWST into a smaller training system that could be fielded at each Guard Unit. This effort required QuantaDyn to build the prototype Boom Operator Simulator System (BOSS). The system had to maintain the same level of fidelity as the BOWST yet support ANG specific modifications.
The BOSS was fitted with a head tracker function that enabled the operator to maintain the same field of view as in the BOWST but with a much smaller footprint. Voice control was added to support single operator operations. The voice control functioned operationally representing other aircrew positions and or receiver pilots. It also functioned to control the simulation adding various malfunctions and or resetting training inputs.
In addition to the BOSS, QuantaDyn designed a table top training device that could be used in an office type environment and it could be deployed to forward operating bases. The Micro-BOSS functioned with the same software as the BOWST and BOSS prototype enabling ANG Units maximize certified training profiles. QuantaDyn Corporation delivered 23 Micro-BOSS devices to the ANG and 5 devices to the USAFR.
The RPASS is a state-of-the-art, cost-effective solution and is modular to meet the unmanned aerial vehicle evolution within simulations. The RPASS can operate as a fully capable system to include an Instructor Operator Station (IOS) or it can be easily networked into any of the devices in the QuantaDyn QFires product line, creating a solution to train both RPA crews and JTAC’s in a collective stand-alone training environment. The RPASS was designed to provide accurate realistic training in a virtual environment, with the requirement that the RPASS be Distributed Mission Operations (DMO) capable on delivery. The devices system architecture and cybersecurity requirement give the end user a device that is capable of networking with other simulators distributed training environment out of the box.
The system is fully agnostic to Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) products. This gives the user a simulator that adapts to technology and innovation with in simulations. This is a grass roots design with the warfighters training requirements being at the forefront.
QuantaDyn’s DIScover software suite serves as a simulation host interfacing with the IG, SAF and platform specific software. DIScover handles DIS, CIGI and dozens of simulation component APIs to bring a plug and play COTS capability to the RPA community.
The RPASS is configurable across multiple aircraft platforms. The system can be configured to meet the requirements for any RPA/UAS/UAV. We designed the RPASS with the system architecture being adaptable to different form fit function requirements.
QuantaDyn provided software development support and subject matter expertise to Lockheed Martin in support of the MH-60 and SH-60B OFT development. Specific tasks included Automatic Fidelity Test suite development, avionics integration, visual interface, and FLIR simulation.