Blistering speeds, superior stealth capability, unmatched power and flexibility. The F-35 Lightning II captures the cutting-edge technology of tomorrow. The lucky few who will fly and maintain these 5th generation strike fighters will first have to master the necessary skills. Lockheed Martin recognizes that the students in need of training are just as complex as the machines themselves. These pilots and maintainers require a training solution that encompasses every aspect of their education.
The F-35 Lightning II Pilot and Maintenance Training systems are designed to blend together a variety of training media to create a total training solution for the state-of-the-art F-35 weapon system. The Integrated Training Center (ITC) at the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Fla., is home to a full-spectrum of the latest courseware, electronic classrooms, simulators, flight events and event-based maintenance training. A balance of skill and knowledge training are woven in to the program with innovative interactive courseware, desktop simulators and high-fidelity training devices.
Training activity at the base continues to accelerate. Air Force and Marine Corps airmen have flown hundreds of training sorties since their first flight in 2011. They continue to fly daily to bring the F-35A, the Air Force's conventional landing and take-off variant (CTOL), F-35B, the Marine Corps' short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) variant, and F-35C, the Navy's carrier variant (CV), closer to combat operations.
In all of the simulators, F-35 software is used to give students the most realistic experience possible while accelerating the process for software upgrades as the F-35 continues to develop and mature. The training system also uses many legacy and commercial off-the-shelf software tools to increase the affordability of the total solution. Flexibility is fundamental to the design and is built-in to every element of the system, providing the ability to accommodate all three aircraft variants, all five US and UK services and eight international partner services.
Training doesn't stop after schoolhouse graduation; both pilots and maintainers will have the ability to remain in a continuous learning environment with access to all training courseware, applications and deployable training devices.
Throughout the F-35 Training System enterprise, the Training System Support Center (TSSC) will be used to manage and distribute training device baselines, update courseware and diagnose both student and system performance. These TSSC capabilities enable the training system to remain current with the aircraft's technology while incorporating the latest training technologies.