C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

Quantadyn reveals training solutions for UK’s JFST

11 December 2019

Quantadyn showcased some of the solutions it has developed for the UK's Joint Fires Synthetic Trainer (JFST), the five-year, GPB41.1 million contract awarded to Elbit Systems UK, at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December.

Elbit Systems UK, as the prime contractor, partnered with Quantadyn on the programme in August 2019.

Quantadyn's new QFires PT-150, which will provide the portable element of the UK's JFST programme, displayed at I/ITSEC 2019. (Credit: Giles Ebbutt)Quantadyn's new QFires PT-150, which will provide the portable element of the UK's JFST programme, displayed at I/ITSEC 2019. (Credit: Giles Ebbutt)

The contract covers the provision of immersive, portable, and desktop equipment at up to 15 locations. The new QFires PT-150 will be the portable variant, which was displayed at I/ITSEC for the first time. The system consists of a laptop that acts as the image generator and a range of emulated equipment, making up a student station. It can be packed into a single case. A second system is used as an instructor station, and multiple systems can be networked together.

The JFST portable variant will be deployed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth class carriers, amongst other locations, to provide continuation training for any embarked joint terminal attack controllers (JTAC).

The new QFires Curve CP-400 - a variable, articulated display wall made up of a series of LCD panels from Barco, which will provide some of the immersive JFST installations - was also on display at I/ITSEC. The gap (bezel) between tiles in conventional LCD video walls can make it difficult to distribute content over multiple tiles, according to Quantadyn, which said that Barco UniSee's NoGap technology provides a "virtually seamless" solution.

The configuration on display was a 5×1 (five tiles in a single row), 10° articulation with a 45? horizontal field of view (HFOV). The full solution will be a 15×2, 19° articulation, 4 m wide, 285? HFOV configuration. The JFST will use the Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) Virtual Battlespace Blue image generator and SimCentric's SAF-FIRES software.

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