The US Navy will begin setting up its latest state-of-the-art Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) training system to “revolutionize” flight training for naval aviation.

This system, overseen by the US Naval Aviation Training System and Ranges and the F/A-18 and EA-18G program, aims to improve how the Navy trains maritime aviators with “significant positive impacts,” enhancing readiness and affordability.

According to NAVAIR News, the LVC uses a dynamic “Link Inject-to-Live (LITL)” approach that incorporates simulated training scenarios, including accurately replicating capabilities and characteristics of existing air-to-air and surface-to-air weapon systems.

LVC’s program manager Captain Kevin McGee also noted the impressive capabilities of the sophisticated training system both in “deployed and home station operations.”

The Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets and EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft will employ the new system. Consequently, the service hopes to save millions of dollars annually on training while maintaining the same, if not enhancing, the quality of shaping naval aviators’ readiness and combat skills.

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Naval Postgraduate School students explore advanced simulation training in the MOVES Institute laboratory. Research focuses on integrating live, virtual, and constructive simulations. November 11, 2021 (Image source: DVIDS)

In addition to its sophisticated technology, the training system highlights its portability and capacity to offer cost-efficiency, reducing administrative burdens and travel costs associated with obtaining “Red Air” adversary support at detachment sites. It also eliminates fuel and maintenance expenses, resulting in significant cost savings for the Navy.

In naval aviation, we train like we fight, and [LITL] makes training more realistic and easier, so it’s a win all around,” naval aircraft deputy program manager Commander Sarah Abbott said, adding that the training system will be a game-changer.

It will particularly become useful as naval aviators can now tactically train onboard aircraft carriers at sea with possibly unlimited weapons, not limited by weather conditions, and efficiently serve as practical shooting targets.