Integrates Training Data from Multiple Sources
In addition to seeing the first use of Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) SCORPIUS-T EW training system (see MON stories on 21 October and 14 November at IAI’s SCORPIUS T Threat Simulator Debuts in Blue Flag | MOENCH PUBLISHING GROUP (monch.com) and IAI Unveils SCORPIUS EW System | MOENCH PUBLISHING GROUP (monch.com)), the recent Blue Flag exercise in Israel also saw IAI supply the Israeli Air Force (IAF), and the other international services participating, with an innovative air combat training system that enables debriefing of flight training exercises to be conducted in record time.
The unique air combat maneuvering instrumentation (ACMI)-based analysis system was upgraded ahead of Blue Flag 2021 in October – the largest, most advanced air exercise ever held in Israel, with participation from Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Greece, India, the United States and more. This year the system was embedded with display of time-critical land targets, as well as display of the radiation status of systems simulating hostile air defence batteries of various kinds, including advanced new IAI systems. In addition to supplying the system, IAI provided field services for training and combat analysis, providing EHUD-type ACMI pods for use on aircraft and ground instrumentation for mobile targets. IAI also deployed its professional training staff to accompany and operate the systems during the exercise.
The system was developed by IAI based on the EHUD platform and its ability to provide automatic integration of data from different training systems used by different air forces. The system was customised and adapted to the unique needs of the IAF for Blue Flag, and enabled cooperative debriefing and analysis by all participating pilots. The system provided pilots with a unified battlefield display of all participating aircraft, all airborne threats and every tactical event that occurred during the exercise. All preplanned scenarios were input to the system’s database, enabling complete documentation or re-creation for future study.
“For the first time ever, we combined the creation of land target data and a simulation of air defence systems emulating existing enemy capabilities. This was the fifth exercise in which IAI provided training and analysis services to the Israel Air Force. This system’s capabilities in multinational training enable our clients to obtain critical tactical information for their fighter pilots and battle management systems in different types of defence forces. Over the years, we have developed the EHUD system as a multidimensional platform, providing real operational situational assessment for the benefit of the IAF’s training capabilities and foreign allies that participated in the exercise,” explained Jacob Galifat, General Manager of the IAI/MALAM Division.