Special Operations Aviation Combat Mission Simulator (SOA) Simulation Block Updates (SBUDs)


The high fidelity full motion Combat Mission Simulators train all 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) aviators upon initial entry into the regiment and are also used extensively for continuation training and mission rehearsal exercises.  The SBUDs program ensures the simulators maintain a high level of fidelity and concurrency with the aircraft permitting new and experienced 160th aviators to train at the maximum level of realism. This realism translates into a program that gives the warfighter the ability to train for missions in a simulated environment that cannot be replicated in the real world outside of actual combat missions.


The SBUDs program provides the capability to maintain airframe concurrency while addressing obsolescence and technology upgrades on the aviation simulation systems in a timely and cost-effective manner with minimal impact on training and mission-rehearsal operations. SBUDs ensures that Special Operations Forces (SOF) aircrews are provided training systems that are reliable, technically advanced and concurrent with the operational aircraft on the flight line. The Combat Mission Simulators under SBUDs provide the commander with a system to plan and rehearse a special operations mission that incorporates tactics, situational awareness (real-world combat environment), decision making and crew coordination.  Identical to the actual aircraft capability, the simulators accept automated transfer of all applicable mission data from SOF mission planning systems.  SBUDs also supports additional capability in incident investigation, battle staff training and combined collective simulation training exercises.

System Interdependencies

  • Aircraft: MH-47G, MH-60M, A/MH-6

Foreign Military Sales



  • Nova Technologies (Panama City, FL)
  • Veraxx Engineering Corporation (Chantilly, VA)