Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force have partnered to develop and implement a virtual reality system for training the service branchâ€™s F-35A aircraft maintenance personnel.
The Air Education and Training Command said Wednesday that Lockheed and the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron deployed a VR Maintenance Trainer to support the latterâ€™s training activities related to egress maintenance.
The VR trainer also used aÂ full-size 3D modeling of an F-35A canopy to visualize maintenance needs for the aircraftâ€™s emergency ejection seats.
According to AETC, the training modernization effort is meant to reduce the time allocated for skills refinement tasks by half.
Kristopher Velazquez, a system engineer at Lockheed, said the VR system has the capacity to simultaneously implement four different learning styles such as auditory, visual, kinesthetic and tactile to speed up training.
â€œThe feedback we received from the Air Force in the development of this technology was a hugely invaluable recourse for us,â€ he said.
The Air Force noted that the 3D-printed model developed under the partnership may be used for other efforts including installation activities for flexible linear shaped charge materials.