Northrop Grumman’s distributed mission operations network expands across US Air Force training sites
Northrop Grumman Corporation has announced it has recently established the 100th US Air Force training site on the company’s Distributed Mission Operations Network (DMON), enabling Combat Air Force (CAF) crews around the world to securely connect with other sites in virtual training and exercises. More than a dozen additional Air Force sites are expected to become operational on the network later this year.
Northrop Grumman’s DMON connects dissimilar aircraft simulator platforms, allowing CAF crews to seamlessly interoperate and train together in a high-fidelity, realistic virtual environment. A handful of sites facilitate simulator manufacturer support, but the wide majority are located at Air Combat Command (ACC) bases and deliver next-generation training for aircraft including the F-35, F-22, F-16 and F-15 fighters, and B-1B and B-52 bombers.
“We are pioneering integration of 5th and next-generation platforms into joint and common synthetic training environments, paving the way for creation of a digital twin of the battlespace and rehearsal for future Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) operations,” said Christine Harbison, vice president and general manager, combat systems and mission readiness, Northrop Grumman. “We continue to develop and provide open-architecture models and common standards, processes and tools for distributed mission operations (DMO) and the highest-fidelity live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training for aircrews and warfighters.”
The DMON enables affordable mission readiness, making more hours of training at reduced costs possible without expending live flight hours and taking aircraft out of service.
More than two decades of unparalleled LVC and Immersive Environment experience, including delivery of Air Force CAF and Mobility Air Force (MAF) training, give Northrop Grumman unique insight into development of future common synthetic training environments and systems.