Australian Distributed Virtual Training Exercise for Mission Rehearsal
CAE recently provided support to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as the service ran its “Diamond Thunder” distributed mission training and rehearsal exercise as part of its Air Warfare Instructor Course.
The exercise involved the networking of F/A-18 simulators at both RAAF Base Williamtown and Tindal with the E-7A WEDGETAIL simulator at Williamtown and C-130J simulator at RAAF Base Richmond. The Air Warfare Centre’s Joint Air Warfare Battle Laboratory at Williamtown served as the exercise command centre to manage and coordinate the overall virtual training environment. CAE engineering staff at Richmond supported the integration and testing of the C-130J full-flight mission simulator (FFMS) onto the Australian Defence Training and Experimentation Network (DTEN).
CAE also provided an exercise planner to assist with creating and executing the virtual training and mission rehearsal scenarios, and had staff within the Australian Defence Simulation and Training Centre to assist with the provision of networking infrastructure.”Diamond Thunder demonstrates the significant advances Defence has made in live-virtual-constructive (LVC) training capabilities,” Air Commodore Richard Lennon, Commander, Air Mobility Group, RAAF, observed. “The ability to develop, evaluate, and practice tactics in a simulated environment allows all combat elements to work better with each other and assure positive mission outcomes. Increased familiarity for the RAAF workforce with LVC training will create exciting opportunities for how we develop and train our workforce, regardless of where they are based.”
Each of the high-fidelity simulation devices was networked and flew simultaneously in the same virtual environment. As a joint and integrated force, the F/A-18 fighters, E-7A WEDGETAIL airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform, and C-130J tactical transports had to address threats such as air defence systems, ground radars and surface-to-air missiles. “Integrated LVC training systems are becoming more critical as military forces such as the RAAF look to expand the use of virtual training to cost-effectively prepare for their missions,” Ian Bell, CAE’s Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific/Middle East, commented. “CAE brings a great deal of experience and expertise as a training systems integrator in being able to help our customers create integrated, interoperable and immersive environments for distributed mission training.”