Boeing delivered the first pair of 360-degree high-definition F-22 Raptor simulators to the Air Force, the company announced on Jan. 8. “Boeing has delivered what are probably the most advanced high definition flight simulators I have experienced, and they are going to let our pilots realize training unlike any they’ve had before,” said Col. Anthony Genatempo, the F-22 system program director at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, in the release. “That translates directly into mission readiness,” he added. Boeing plans to upgrade Air Force’s three previously constructed F-22 Mission Training Centers with the Constant Resolution Visual System, in addition to the recently completed fourth, and future fifth center, which is slated for completion this summer, according to the release. F-22 MTC locations include JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, JB Langley-Eustice, Va., Nellis AFB, Nev., JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and Tyndall AFB, Fla.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.