The first class of pilots taking part in the IFC leveraging an increased use of synthetic training, including networked simulators, recently graduated and are now proceeding to training on their assigned fast-jet aircraft.
Utilising the two CAE-built Hawk Mk127 full-mission simulators at RAAF Williamtown, CAE and RAAF training personnel developed new virtual training scenarios focused on a range of advanced mission profiles, including air combat manoeuvring and multi-jet intercept.
In addition to enhancing the operating performance of constructive computer-generated forces within the training scenarios, CAE added realism to the advanced final stages of lead-in fighter training by networking the two FMSs, thus allowing multiple students and instructors to fly the same mission or fly against each other.
For its support in developing and implementing the enhancements to the IFC, CAE Australia received a certificate of appreciation from Air Vice-Marshal Catherine Roberts, Head of the Aerospace Systems Division, RAAF.
"Maximum training benefit was delivered by supporting our 76 Squadron flying instructors in the use of the new mission profiles, and CAE’s efforts have been outstanding in supporting the lead-in fighter training enterprise for the RAAF," AVM Roberts said.
During the latest IFC, use of the two Hawk Mk127 FMSs more than doubled compared with previous courses. RAAF and CAE instructors delivered the simulator training after rapid development of the new mission training scenarios. In addition, CAE’s on-site maintenance and support personnel introduced improved maintenance procedures to ensure maximum availability for the increased use of the simulators.
AVM Roberts added, "CAE developed new lesson plans and mission scenarios to accurately simulate elements of the Introductory Fighter Course traditionally conducted in airborne events."
Ian Bell, CAE vice president and general manager, Asia/Pacific/Middle East, said, "We are honoured to be part of the integrated team supporting the RAAF’s lead-in fighter training program at both RAAF Williamtown and RAAF Pearce, and privileged to play a role in helping prepare its next-generation fighter pilots.
"The enhanced Introductory Fighter Course is a great example of how a government-industry relationship should work to deliver value and capability."
CAE’s defence and security business unit is a training systems integrator offering a comprehensive portfolio of training centres, training services and simulation products across the air, land, sea and public safety market segments.