Navy successfully demonstrates F/A-18 and EA-18G virtual training system

By Aidan Quigley / October 6, 2021 at 2:23 PM

The Navy has completed a successful technology demonstration for a virtual training system for the F/A-18 and EA-18G, the service announced Tuesday.

The F/A-18 and EA-18G program office tested the Secure Live Virtual Advanced Training Environment (SLATE) with four flight tests during the event at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD last month, the Navy said in a press release.

The SLATE system connects live manned aircraft, virtual manned simulators and computer-generated constructive entities “in a robust training environment that replicates the threat density and capability required to prepare military forces for the high-end fight,” the Navy’s press release states.

The event showed the Synthetic Inject to Live-Live Virtual Constructive system’s maturity and validated its technology readiness level with the F/A-18 and EA-18G, the Navy stated.

The Navy’s final SLATE technology demonstration flight is scheduled for December.