22 Dec 22. RAF’s IRAATS delivers first training sortie to Combat Air Force. A L-159E aircraft flew a sortie against a Typhoon over the North Sea. Draken Europe has announced that the Interim Red Air Aggressor Training Service (IRAATS) delivered its first training sortie to the UK Combat Air Force.
The sortie saw the service use a L-159E ‘Honey Badger’ aircraft to provide live threat replication against a Royal Air Force Typhoon jet.
The L-159E light multi-role combat training aircraft flew the training sortie over the North Sea. The RAF’s 41 Test and Evaluation Squadron provided the Typhoon.
RAF senior responsible owner for the capability air commodore ‘Cab’ Townsend said: “I am absolutely delighted to announce that the RAF’s exciting new ‘Red Air’ aggressor service has delivered its first training sortie to the Combat Air Force.
“This capability will truly challenge our Combat Air pilots, training them more effectively for future operations.”
The IRAATS is delivered by Draken Europe as part of a contract awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) earlier this year.
It is the MoD’s first-ever privately contracted medium to fast-speed agile aggressor training service.
Townsend added: “The contract was delivered through competition in a very short timescale, from inception to contract signature, and done so by a whole force team. It is timely, affordable, deliverable and provides Defence with excellent value for money.”
In July this year, Draken Europe reached a strategic partnership with AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE to support the contract.
Around eight Aero L-159Es will be based at Draken Europe’s Teesside base.
The civil-registered Czech-built AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE L-159E aircraft took over the role of an agile aggressor platform from BAE Systems Hawk T1. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
22 Dec 22. The Growing Complexity of Conflict and Sophistication of Equipment. Simulator-based training, testing, and gaming must receive more attention as a means of preparing future warriors and commanders due to the complexity of conflict and the sophistication of equipment, as well as cost restrictions. It would take consistent work to upgrade technology and visualisation capabilities, integrate more consoles and nodes, and combine and handle various types of data in order to scale up the simulated mission and fighting capability. The MoD’s adoption of an integrated policy framework has given the services the push they needed to embrace and improve SBT and wargaming. To enable more responsive joint training, it is crucial that the current desegregated and scattered strategy is replaced with one that is more synergized. To guarantee that the implementation and execution match the goal, all commanders must get training on the common rules and policy through a variety of in-service channels. The necessary regulations, methods, and guidelines pertaining to the acquisition, employment, and maintenance of simulators must be updated and recalibrated on a regular basis due to advancements in technology and the development of operational missions and duties.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly hurt the economies of many nations around the world. The production of systems, subsystems, and components for the digital battlefield has also been hampered. Although military simulation and training products for defence applications are of the utmost importance, supply chain disruption has temporarily stopped their manufacturing processes. The businesses also actively worked to combat the COVID-19 situation by providing simulation analyses of the disease’s spread. The businesses are focused on maintaining competitive prices while also introducing new goods and services. Before choosing and finalising the ideal vehicle prototype, automakers can test a number of vehicle iterations on a variety of driving surfaces and circumstances thanks to simulation software.
Helps Create Realistic Training Conditions
Military simulations are the most effective approach to simulate conflict. Using the latest recent computer graphics and 3D modelling software, a commander can create a virtual army. This entails the crews of tanks, helicopters, and other equipment, as well as three sizable brigades and live soldier locations. He can make decisions in real time to stop the problem from growing worse because he can see what he’s doing in real time. The next generation is already being trained with this technology, which has the potential to change military training. Helps to generate realistic training circumstances that are either not attainable physically, or that are deemed to be too risky or not commercially feasible to implement. It is impossible to simulate training on a real helicopter for responses to the actual loss of a tail rotor or total engine failure.
Prevents the Use of Original Equipment and Weapons during Training
Prolongs the life of first-line equipment or weapons by protecting them from use or damage during training (aimed at skill development usage or training for repair/recovery). According to a South African Army validation exercise, pupils who used a gunnery training simulator had a 30 to 40% faster reaction time and scored 14% higher on their first hits than those who did not. Chemical simulators lack an ionising radiation source, unlike some IMS (ion-mobility spectometry) detectors. Additionally, equipment holding live sources is frequently subject to stringent regulatory requirements, including certification for movement and storage as well as routine wipe testing. So, in terms of time saved, money saved, and little administration, simulated gadgets provide trainers with several benefits. For instance, simulation software has advanced significantly, matching accessories have gotten more lifelike, and computer hardware, such as high-definition screens, has advanced rapidly. Furthermore, the scenarios provided in police officer simulation programmes have improved. (Source: ASD Network)
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