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FAAC’s AWS Division also provides highly accurate weapon employment zone assessments in the actual aircraft through our embedded Zone Acquisition Process (ZAP) product. Today, all US fighter aircraft are gaining a tactical advantage through the use of our revolutionary ZAP program. FAAC’s Air Warfare Simulation Division supports consistent and accurate weapon information for live combat missions, live training events, and virtual simulator based training.

Boom Operator Simulation System Training

AWS capabilities include:

  • Weapons Simulation
  • Air Combat Training Software
  • Tactical Weapon Engagement Zone (WEZ) Software
  • Aircraft Simulator Development
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Boom Operator Simulation System Scenario


FAAC’s KC-135 BOSS simulator is a state of the art training device capable of providing a high fidelity immersive training environment in a compact device. The KC-135 BOSS is designed to support complete boom operator training curriculum (Initial Qualification, Difference Qualification, Certification, Re-qualification, Mission Certification and Instructor Upgrade Training) and meet Aerial Refueling Airplane Simulator Qualification (ARASQ) standards. It is designed for squadron level training and to be operated by unit personnel with the option of dedicated on-site contractor personnel.

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Boom Operator Simulation System Training


  • Fully replicated KC-135R boom pod and controls/gauges
  • Advanced high resolution out-the-window display
  • High fidelity aerodynamic models
  • Head tracking
  • Voice recognition and synthetic response
  • Sophisticated and detailed visual models
  • Full recording and debriefing capability
  • Small footprint
  • Simplified Operation and Maintenance
  • Fully IA Compliant
  • Advanced Visual Display System
  • State-of-the-art WQXGA (2560 x 1600) LED Projectors
  • Head Tracking offers unique ability to accurately change simulator visual
    perspective. A critical technology for boom operator training that provides an enhanced level of depth perception by being able to “see” around objects.
  • Voice Recognition and Synthetic Response
  • Integrates industry leading commercial voice recognition technology.
  • Voice recognition triggered auto-progression moves scenario ahead without Operator
  • Synthetic voice response includes up to 30 distinct voices and accents
  • Synthetic Receiver and Tanker pilots respond directly to boom operator voice
  • Recording and Debrief Software
  • Compartment touch screen IOS enables full operation of the simulator from within the pod
  • Choose from 26 different receivers
  • Contains 100+ selectable malfunctions
  • Multiple formations, rendezvouses and maneuvers
  • DMO Capable
  • DIS interface for future Air Refueling DMO events
  • Compact Size
  • Footprint 22’ x 21’, fits within 27’ x 30’ room with 12’ ceilings
  • Disassembled system can fit through double door
  • Simplified Operation and Minimal Maintenance
  • Simplified operation allows Guardsmen to train after hours or on weekends without dedicated simulator personnel
  • Missions can be replayed within simulator, or debriefed at the IOS or at a dedicated debrief station
  • Debrief software recordings drive virtualized controls and gauges to recreate the mission environment.
  • Flight Models
  • High fidelity boom aerodynamics and receiver bow wave models
  • Multi Point Refueling System (MPRS) Simulation
  • System provides replication of MPRS Pod Control Panel and wing pods including malfunctions and checklists.
  • IOS
  • Instructors can create a syllabus of training missions ahead of time that automatically appear when the student logs into the device.
  • Warranty Service
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FAAC was founded in 1971 specifically to create military weapons simulations for the U.S. armed services.  Since 2002 FAAC’s Operator Driving Simulators (ODS) have been a major contributor to the training of military Motor Transport Operators. Today, these military simulation training technologies have become the standard for real-time military weapons, tactics, and skills training and assessment.

FAAC embraces a “Customer for Life” philosophy. We invest time in understanding your assets and objectives, work closely with your team to develop and deliver the appropriate simulation solution, and help you find the best way to integrate this custom solution into your training procedures. Most importantly, we support you in maintaining and evolving this solution as your policies, assets, and challenges inevitably change over time.

We don’t sell equipment; we partner with agencies and their instructors to develop their ideal simulation training solution. FAAC’s C-IED training simulation goes beyond what you’d find in a typical IED training kit (which is often just a straightforward fake device). Instead, our immersive simulations prepare military personnel for the realities of IED threats in the field. Our simulations represent the next step in IED training aids, and are more effective than traditional training courses in ensuring that armed services personnel are adequately prepared for the tactical details of terrorist warfare.

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The U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training & Instrumentation (PEO STRI) selected FAAC to build the Air National Guard’s (ANG) Boom Operator Simulation System (KC-135 BOSS). The KC-135 BOSS is a high fidelity trainer for the ANG boom operators that replicates the KC-135R Block 40 boom pod.

The ANG will field 17 Boom Operator Simulation Systems to Air National Guard CONUS and OCONUS locations. KC-135 BOSS is intended for squadron level training to be co-located with operational KC-135 air refueling wings.

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KC-135 BOSS is a product of FAAC’s Air Warfare Simulation (AWS) Division. FAAC’s AWS Division has been developing real-time simulations for over forty years. Our simulation technology established and remains the standard for weapon assessment for air combat training devices worldwide.

Boom Operator Simulation System (KC-135 BOSS)