Pathfinder Programme for Synthetic Training Solutions
Inzpire Limited has been awarded the Defence Operational Training Concept (Air) (DOTC(A)) Interim White Force contract by Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) and will manage the transition from the Defence Synthetic Air-Land Training (DSALT) programme over a 42-month period. Inzpire’s current team of 16 synthetic training experts, which makes up part of the company’s Collective Training Division, will all transition to support DOTC(A), with up to 8 new positions set to be established.
Delivery of DOTC(A) will enable the Royal Air Force (RAF) to adopt a distributed approach to synthetic collective training, with front-line operators using their mission simulators to access a common immersive synthetic environment within which they can achieve collective training requirements. The Air Battlespace Training Centre at RAF Waddington will become the hub for this capability, housing the DOTC(A) Core Systems and Services and White Force personnel, and connected to main operating bases by a secure network. The distributed training model will allow up to five training exercises to be run concurrently.
DOTC(A) will continue to use DSALT’s highly successful Whole Force Approach, with training delivered by an expert White Force team made up of full-time serving military instructors working alongside reservists and contractors. Inzpire’s experts will provide a cradle-to-grave service including designing, building and testing exercises before completing rehearsals, exercise delivery and debriefs. Additional DOTC(A) innovation provided by Inzpire will include operations support specialists alongside configuration and information management experts.
“…the DOTC(A) Interim White Force Contract [….] gives our collective training experts the opportunity to continue our long partnership with the RAF in delivering world-leading synthetic training, whilst maximising innovative solutions to deliver highly effective team and collective distributed training,” commented the company’s Head of Collective Training, Paul Bolton.
“This contract award puts a key element of the Royal Air Force’s future synthetic training capability in place. The new capability, known as GLADIATOR, will deliver a step-change in our ability to provide effective synthetic training for front-line personnel, and is the pathfinder programme for similar synthetic training solutions planned across UK Defence [….] Combined with other programmes that are delivering new aircraft simulators, GLADIATOR will provide front-line personnel with the ability to train with colleagues and allies in a secure, immersive and operationally realistic environment, making them better prepared for a range of current and potential scenarios and an ever-increasing adversary threat,” observed the RAF’s Senior Responsible Owner, Air Cdre Linc Taylor.