Boeing will upgrade the visual systems in a total of 12 F-15C mission training centers located at Kadena AB, Japan; JB Langley-Eustis, Va.; and RAF Lakenheath, Britain, under a recent $20 million contract, announced the company Tuesday. These MTCs will receive Boeing’s Constant Resolution Visual System that “provides 360 degrees of immersive training, with a significantly lower cost than previous visual systems,” according to the company. “A key feature of the CRVS is the ability to train with the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System and night vision goggles, both of which will be used in the F-15C MTC,” said Mark McGraw, Boeing’s vice president for Training Systems & Services. Installation of the visual systems is slated to begin in October 2012, with completion scheduled for January 2013, said Boeing.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.