ASTi Voice Communications Yield Training Breakthrough for Marine Air Control Group

May 17, 2017

Advanced Simulation Technology inc. announced that the U.S. Marine Corps fielded Voisus radio over IP communications (RoIP) systems in support of Marine Air Control Group 38 (MACG-38) and Exercise Lightning Sword, their primary training event for fiscal year 2017. The ASTi systems filled a critical need by networking voice communications between Marines operating live tactical radios and centralized exercise staff using Voisus Client software apps. Marine agencies participating in Lightning Sword included:

  • MCAS Miramar, CA: Response Cell, Tactical Air Command Center (TACC), Air Combat Intelligence (ACI)
  • MCB Camp Pendleton, CA: Direct Air Support Center (DASC), Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD)
  • MCAS Yuma, AZ: Tactical Air Operations Center (TAOC)

The exercise achieved significant breakthroughs advancing the state of Marine air command and control system training. For the first time, Marines used the Aviation Distributed Virtual Training Environment (ADVTE) network to interconnect air command and control agencies at the Miramar, Yuma and Pendleton bases. This was also the first time the Marines used RoIP in a simulation-based air command and control system training event. Afterward, MACG-38 validated ASTi’s ability to integrate communications among simulated Marine combat aircraft and other replicated Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) agencies during training events.

Voisus RoIP capabilities accomplished the following:

  • Linked Marine Corps air and ground radio communications with simulator-based training facilities for blended live-synthetic training
  • Minimized live radio usage; exercise staff and Marine trainees used Voisus Client software on their computers to access downrange live radios through IP networks
  • Provided staff with computer-based access to simulated radio communications, group intercoms, internal calling, internal conferencing and text chat
  • Allowed staff to generate comm plans and perform system management tasks from any point on the network using web browsers
Exercise Lightning Sword

Exercise Lightning Sword photo by Cpl. Asia J. Sorenson

About ASTi

Since 1989, ASTi has been at the forefront of voice communications innovation, delivering products that provide RoIP bridging, networked voice distribution, and simulated radio communications. ASTi also provides simulated battlefield and cockpit sound effects as well as artificially intelligent, voice-enabled virtual role players enhancing live and simulation-based training programs. Over the past 35 years, ASTi has fielded over 11,767 systems at more than 800 installation sites in the U.S. and 49 other countries.

ASTi has proudly supported Marine Corps training programs for over two decades. The following Marine Corps programs currently depend on ASTi solutions:

  • ADVTE Flight Simulators: F/A-18C/D, CH-46E, CH-53E, VH-60N, KC-130J, AH-1Z, UH-1Y, AV-8B, MV-22, EA-6B, MH-60R
  • Marine Common Aircrew Trainer (MCAT)
  • Twentynine Palms Battle Simulation Center
  • Universal Mission Simulators (UMS), unmanned aerial system control station simulators
  • Improved Moving Target Simulator (IMTS)


Charles McCullough
Director, MIL Business Development
Advanced Simulation Technology inc. (ASTi)
Office: 703-471-2104 Mobile: 703-599-2185

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Exercise Lightning Sword

Exercise Lightning Sword photo by Cpl. Asia J. Sorenson

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