11 May 22. Elbit Systems UK commences operating the Royal Navy Maritime Composite Training System (MCTS). Elbit Systems UK has officially started operating the existing Maritime Composite Training System (MCTS) in the next step of its Royal Navy Transformation programme within Team Fisher. Team Fisher is the Capita-led consortium modernising and transforming the Royal Navy and Royal Marines shore-based training. This marks a significant milestone for Elbit Systems UK’s role as the Synthetic Training Integrator, and is a key step in the modernisation of the Royal Navy’s training as part of the Selborne Programme.
As part of this transfer of responsibility, Elbit Systems UK will be taking on over 60 further personnel across a range of roles from engineering to manufacturing in locations across the UK.
With Royal Navy warship and submarine warfare team trainers now operated and managed by Elbit Systems UK the company will be central to providing a complete suite of training courses to Royal Navy sailors deployed at sea.
The systems lie at the heart of maintaining operational readiness for the Royal Navy, and Elbit Systems UK will provide continuous upgrades throughout the lifespan of the current systems to assist the Royal Navy in remaining at the cutting-edge of operational readiness.
Working as the Synthetic Training Integrator for Team Fisher, Elbit Systems UK will also introduce new and upgraded simulation systems to transform training, and to support Team Fisher’s aim of bringing better trained sailors to the front line faster.
Martin Fausset, CEO of Elbit Systems UK said: “Elbit Systems UK is proud to have reached this key milestone in delivering transformational training capabilities for the Royal Navy, as we formally take control of the systems crucial to the effective training of our Naval forces. As part of this, we are delighted to be welcoming over 60 new personnel into Elbit Systems UK, to support our ongoing work for the UK Armed Forces.”
10 May 22. US DoD’s Checkered Flag 22-2 exercise begins at Tyndall AFB. The exercise will improve readiness and interoperability of the US’ Immediate Response Force. The US Department of Defense (DoD) has commenced its Checkered Flag 22-2 air-to-air exercise at Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida.
Designed to examine and support the US Immediate Response Force’s (IRF) air combat capabilities, the exercise will take place between 9 to 20 May 2022.
325th Fighter Wing Checkered Flag exercise director Mark Hayes said: “The goal is to gather these forces that could deploy worldwide as part of the next IRF and have them train together as a team, integrating fourth- and fifth-generation capabilities, and learn from each other, to prepare for deployment taskings.”
The exercise will see the participation of at least 11 units of the Department of the Air Force (DAF), along with the US Navy and other mission-support partners.
Among the US Air Force (USAF) participants are fifth-generation fighter airframes, including F-35A Lightning II and F-22 Raptor; as well as fourth-generation fighter aircraft F-15C Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons.
The US Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornets along with other tanker aircraft and joint command and control aircraft will also be a part of the exercise.
Checkered Flag 22-2 is being hosted and executed by the 325th Fighter Wing (FW), with the USAF’s Air Combat Command (ACC) being the leading authority for the exercise. ACC will work in coordination with different departments, headquarters, and other major commands (MAJCOM) to schedule the exercises. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
06 May 22. USAF and RNZAF to participate in Exercise Nocturnal Reach. The USAF’s MC-130J aircraft and RNZAF’s C-130 Hercules aircraft will take part in the exercise. US Ambassador Tom Udall visits RNZAF base Whenuapai to meet USAF AND RNZAF participants in exercise Nocturnal Reach. Credit: New Zealand Defence Force. The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) and the US Air Force (USAF) personnel and aircraft are set to participate in the Exercise Nocturnal Reach. Taking place later this month, Nocturnal Reach will involve a series of day and night-time flying exercises.
The training will be based at RNZAF Base Auckland and RNZAF Base Woodbourne near Blenheim, New Zealand. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
06 May 22. RAF’s Typhoons and British Army’s Wildcat conduct training in Lithuania. The training saw Typhoons practised attacks on low and slow flying targets. The UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Typhoon fighter jets and a British Army Wildcat helicopter have conducted air combat training in Lithuania.
Conducted as part of a wider Nato mission, the training allowed the aircrew to practise attacks in a simulated environment.
During the exercise, two Typhoon aircraft based at RAF Lossiemouth entered the training area from beyond the visual range of the Wildcat helicopter operating at a low altitude. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
06 May 22. Leonardo pitches M-345 to Slovakia. Leonardo is pitching its M-345 High Efficiency Trainer (HET) to Slovakia as a potential replacement for the country’s Aero L-39CM/L-39ZAM advanced jet trainer aircraft. The Slovak Air Force (Vzdušné sily Slovenskej Republiky: VSR) has a requirement to replace its small fleet of Czechoslovak-era Aero L-39CM/L-39ZAMs with up to eight new advanced jet trainer aircraft as it prepares to receive its new Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft from 2023. As Janes reported in August 2019, the three L-39CM and two L-39ZAM aircraft received in 1972 and 1976, respectively, cannot be sustained beyond 2025, meaning the VSR has an urgent requirement to replace these in the short term. (Source: Jane’s)
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