Air Force Research Lab (AFRL)
711th Human Performance Wing (711 HPW)
The AFRL selected ASTi to develop new capabilities for an advanced technology demonstration. The Secure Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) Advanced Training Environment (SLATE) project integrates live combat aircraft, virtual simulators, and computer-generated forces, adding a new level of depth and realism to pilot training.
The challenge requirements are listed in blue; ASTi's applicable components are
Rapidly develop and field new voice communication and cybersecurity technology; integrate and test with latest-generation tactical radios.
To establish a low-risk path for rapid implementation, ASTi based SLATE on components from the Voisus product line. Voisus consists of mature, Non-Developmental Items (NDI) that have field-proven interoperability with USAF Distributed Mission Operations (DMO) standards.
ASTi formed a cross-functional team to develop, field, and test the new technology. This team included the following:
Throughout the project, ASTi closely coordinated with AFRL staff, various government contractors, and the tactical radio manufacturer.
Provide cross-domain solution (CDS) voice links between unclassified and classified network domains.
ASTi implemented a field-proven and approved CDS capability that linked unclassified, live tactical radio traffic with four classified LVC network domains. This connection tied aircraft training at the live range to DMO simulation training assets.
Integrate latest-generation tactical radios, enable aircraft traveling vast distances to communicate, and provide interoperability with exercise staff and simulators dispersed across DoD networks.
ASTi developed a number of key RoIP innovations to implement a simulcast voice network. This network includes multiple radio and antenna installations that deliver constant communication among aircraft traversing hundreds of miles of mountainous terrain. Together, ASTi’s RoIP system and the USAF radio infrastructure provide an integrated super radio repeater. SLATE featured the first fieldings of several ASTi innovations:
LVC voice communication delivered to government-furnished computers
RoIP for training and operational communications