06 Jul 22. Virtual-Shot Offers Pistol Basics Training Course. Simulation Training Group updates the Virtual-Shot app with a five-course pistol basics training tutorial. The course is instructed by a former Special Forces Commando who teaches advanced pistol and urban combat skills.
The all-new pistol series joins the basic rifle series, taught by a member of the Virtual-Shot team, who is a former Infantry Sniper and Military Contractor.
Training videos are embedded in the Virtual-Shot app, allowing members to practice the fundamentals of pistol shooting from the comfort of their homes. The training videos help new shooters learn the basics of shooting and help experienced shooters refine their skills prior to firing live rounds.
Visiting a shooting range for the first time can often be intimidating, especially when Mr. Tacticool is at the range. Being able to practice the fundamentals of pistol shooting prior to visiting a gun range can give new shooters the confidence needed to fine-tune their skills.
Daryl Batchelor, CEO and Co-Founder of Simulation Training Group explained, “There are a lot of great shooters out there, but it always amazes me whenever I go to a range to see so many shooters getting the fundamentals wrong and wondering why their shots are not going where they want. We believe that all shooters should have access to the knowledge and resources to improve their shooting and that is part of what we are trying to achieve with Virtual-Shot – democratizing access to shooting by enabling all shooters to refine their shooting skills, not just those that can afford to spend hundreds of dollars on ammo each week and every weekend at the range and thousands on personal coaching.” The Virtual-Shot team is also building a Shooting Resource Center, offering videos as free online courses at www.course.virtual-shot.com, where users can get free access to the pistol courses without owning the Virtual-Shot system.
Other updates to the app include:
- .22LR ballistic pre-sets
- Additional targets
- Improved shot detection control
- 24hr free trial option so users can test out the app before buying a Virtual-Shot Mount
- Multi-language translations
Virtual-Shot is designed and built by a team of Australian Army Veterans. The idea for Virtual-Shot began in 2010 while training for deployment to Afghanistan. Training became difficult at times with limited ammunition and access to ranges and existing simulation systems. Returning from Afghanistan and making a career move into software development got the ball rolling for CEO and Co-Founder Daryl. The team soon discovered that creating an accessible shooting simulation system for soldiers was achievable using advanced mobile technology. Since then, Virtual-Shot has become the go-to option for serious shooters wanting to perfect their skills anywhere. Visit www.virtual-shot.com
06 Jul 22. Defence Academy hosts Capture the Flag challenge. The Defence Academy has held a Capture the Flag competition which saw personnel from across Defence battle it out in cyber-security challenges.
Air Marshal Ian Gale, Director General of Joint Force Development, at the event.
Over 50 teams took part in the event which was designed identify future talent and combat skills by testing competitors’ existing skills.
A team from 21 Signals Regiment narrowly took the first-place position, edging up from second place just two minutes before the competition’s end.
One of the aims of the Defence Academy is to deliver a cyber workforce with a consistent cyber operations skill set and a technological edge.
Air Marshal Ian Gale, Director General of Joint Force Development, attended the event and said; “Events like this are crucial in identifying those personnel who have an aptitude for working in the cyber domain.
“As part of Joint Force Command the Defence Academy play a critical role in training and educating our personnel to face the threats of the future.”
Whilst the Defence Academy caters to those already working in Defence there are plenty of resources to develop your own cyber skillset.
The NCSC offer a certified training scheme which offers high quality cyber security training whether you’re a newcomer to the field or have skills you would like to develop further.
Access NCSC Training Scheme: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/certified-training
05 Jul 22. National Guard employs efficient, cost-effective mobile teams to increase training opportunities, reduce risk. A team of 16 trainers from the National Guard’s Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Ga., traveled to Camp Rilea, Ore., in June to train nearly 300 Soldiers from across the northwest in Air Assault and Pathfinder courses.
The WTC hosts Mobile Training Teams, or MTTs, annually in four regions (the northwest, midwest, northeast and the south) and occasionally in Europe in order to offer more efficient and cost-effective training options for National Guard and active Army units around the globe.
“There are several reasons we employ MTTs,” said Lt. Col. Gary Dettloff, commander of the WTC, which is the Army’s executive agent for Air Assault and Pathfinder training. WTC cadre teach 16 courses, most notably the Ranger Training Assessment Course (formerly known as Pre Ranger) and Jumpmaster. Most are resident courses, hosted on Fort Benning.
But sometimes, MTTs just make sense, Dettloff said.
“Obviously, it saves the Guard and the Army money when we send a team there, instead of units coming out of training budgets to send hundreds of Soldiers here,” he said. “There’s a savings in time and money – and time is money, of course – but there’s also the benefit to the Soldier, who typically performs better in a climate he or she is used to. Bringing a Soldier from the northwest, where it was a cool, breezy 70 degrees last week, to Benning, where the temperature and the humidity is grueling, puts the Soldier at a disadvantage from the start, and these courses are physically and mentally demanding as it is.”
During the Pathfinder course, candidates learn to navigate dismounted; establish and operate a day/night helicopter landing zone; establish and operate day/night parachute drop zones (DZs), including a computed air release system DZ, a ground marked release system DZ, and a verbally initiated release system DZ; conduct sling load operations; and provide air traffic control and navigational assistance during rotary- and fixed-wing airborne operations.
Air assault training builds upon pathfinder skills and prepares Soldiers for a variety of air assault operations, sling-load operations, and rappelling. The week of June 19, Soldiers were trained on various helicopter missions, aircraft safety, aero-medical evacuation procedures, pathfinder operations, principles and techniques of combat assaults, rappelling techniques, and sling-load operations.
Camp Rilea is managed by the Oregon National Guard and considered a premier training center in the Pacific Northwest. (Source: Bridgett Sharp Siter, Special to the National Guard Bureau)
01 Jul 22. International maritime exercise Rim of the Pacific 2022 begins. A total of 26 countries have commenced the 28th edition of biennial multinational maritime exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022. RIMPAC 2022, which started on 29 June, is being carried out in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California region. It will conclude on 4 August.
The US-led month-long exercise involves around 38 surface ships, over 30 uncrewed systems, nine national land forces, four submarines and around 170 aircraft. The theme of the latest iteration of the exercise is ‘Capable, Adaptive, Partners.’
RIMPAC 2022 commander vice-admiral Michael Boyle said: “By coming together as Capable, Adaptive Partners, and in the scale that we are, we are making a statement about our commitment to work together, to foster and sustain those relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of the sea lanes and the security of the world’s interconnected oceans.
“This is also how we find the areas where our national objectives overlap, where we can practice the procedures that will help to enable our interchangeability –the nexus of national will and interoperability.”
During the exercise, around 25,000 personnel from the participating nations will operate together and exercise a variety of capabilities to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
The latest iteration involves a series of exercises including anti-submarine, missile, gunnery, air defence, counter-piracy, mine clearance, amphibious, diving, salvage operations and explosive ordnance disposal operations.
Furthermore, this year’s edition has introduced space and cyber operations for all the participating nations.
This will also be the first time the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has deployed its newly commissioned Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship HMAS Supply for an international exercise.
HMAS Supply will carry out replenishments at the sea with other navies, during the exercise. (Source: naval-technology.com)
04 Jul 22. PH Navy team inspects new fast attack interdiction craft missile ships. A Philippine Navy team has carried out an inspection of the new fast attack interdiction craft missile (FAIC-M) ships during sea trials in Israel. The trials comprised functional testing of various systems of the boats and were conducted from 27 to 30 June.
During testing, two FAIC missiles including Mini-Typhoon machine gun system and Typhoon 30mm automatic cannon were launched from the vessels.
It also included sea trials of the vessels’ rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB).
In a statement, Philippine Navy spokesperson commander Benjo Negranza said: “The inspection held from 27 to 30 June 2022 included the functional testing of all mission-critical machineries, navigation and communications equipment, and live firing of its combat systems.”
Following the completion of inspection, a joint certification of compliance for the shipment of two FAICs to the Philippines was also signed.
Delivery of the vessels is expected in the middle of third quarter of this year.
Negranza added: “The acquisition of the new crafts is the latest in the Philippine Navy’s pursuit to become a modern and multi-capable naval force, responsible for protecting our maritime nation’s sovereignty.”
The latest move comes after the first two FAIC missiles were launched by the Israel Shipyards in Haifa on 26 June.
The Philippine Navy’s PHP10bn ($181.7m) FAIC-M project includes acquisition of eight vessels.
The project was approved in 2019 under the Horizon II list of the revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernisation programme.
Out of the eight vessels, four will be equipped with non-line-of-sight missiles with pinpoint precision and a range of 25km, while the other four will have machine guns and light automatic cannons. (Source: naval-technology.com)
05 Jul 22. The Philippines and the US plan large-scale Salaknib exercise in 2023. Army delegations from both nations reviewed the mission statement, AO, objectives, and exercise timelines. The Philippine Army (PA) and the US Army Pacific (USARPAC) are planning to hold large-scale ‘Salaknib’ training exercises in 2023, reported the Philippine News Agency.
The annual bilateral combined exercise Salaknib (‘shield’ in Ilocano) is held to keep Filipino and US troops battle-ready by developing tactical interoperability.
The two militaries are likely to engage more personnel in a series of exercises.
Philippine Army spokesperson Xerxes Trinidad in a statement said that planning delegations of the PA and USARPAC met in Hawaii.
During the meet, the officials reviewed mission statement, area of operations (AO), objectives, and exercise timelines.
The delegations also discussed an expanded 2023 edition of the combined Salaknib exercise.
The number of Philippine and US units participating in the training and the exercise area are expected to be revealed later, reported the news agency.
In March this year, as many as 2,200 Filipino and US Army troops took part in a 20-day training exercise held at 1st Brigade Combat Team headquarters in Fort Magsaysay.
The troops worked on building the capability of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, which is the primary combined arms and rapid deployment unit of the Philippine Army.
Philippine Army commander Lieutenant General Romeo Brawner Jr said the combined training reflects the “long-standing bilateral relations” between the Philippines and the US.
The two countries aim to “maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific region”, Brawner added.
In April this year, the Philippine Army reactivated the Armor Division’s 1st Tank Battalion to strengthen its capabilities. (Source: army-technology.com)
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