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Leonardo Supports Italian Air Force Complex Virtual Networked Air Training Exercise

RIACE System Creates Shared Synthetic Battlespace

Immediately following the unveiling of its public-private partnership with the Italian Air Force (IAF) in creating an International Flight Training School (IFTS), Leonardo has further demonstrated its capabilities in complex training solutions, using its Realistic Intelligent Agent Computer Environment (RIACE) distributed training solution to support the IAF in the ‘Spartan Alliance’ virtual air exercise.

RIACE generates complex, realistic scenarios that replicate operational missions and in this instance the system brought together a number of different sites and assets into a merged synthetic environment, including TORNADO, Eurofighter TYPHOON, T-346 and PREDATOR aircraft, the Integration Test Bed at Pratica di Mare air base, C2 systems, missile defence systems and Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) units.

RIACE was developed to make the best use of the IAF’s existing simulation capabilities, maximising and expanding their training functionality and performance. During ‘Spartan Alliance,’ the system proved its ability to deliver collective training in an artificial environment, allowing pilots flying in simulators at geographically separated bases to train inside a common virtual scenario. Interaction within the simulated environment was ‘man-in-the-loop,’ meaning that real people were engaged within an artificial environment. RIACE allows pilots to train for challenging and complex scenarios, to interact with the C2 chain and to practice with allied forces in joint and coalition missions. The RIACE solution can also be used to test new systems and experiment with new tactics. All users involved (air crew, C”, operations, ISR systems, air traffic control and ground support) can take part in mission preparation and training, interacting with each other while remaining at their home sites.

Supported by the simulation infrastructure developed by Leonardo, the IAF was able to demonstrate its capabilities as one of the five leading military nations to take part in ‘Spartan Alliance:’ Italy, the US, the UK, Germany and France. The simulation expertise demonstrated during the exercise underpins the utility of the IFTS concept, announced by Leonardo on 17 July. The launch of the IFTS marks Leonardo’s entry into the market for military pilot training services: It is designed for pilots who will eventually fly front-line fighter jets, although in future the school’s activities could expand to include training pilots of other fixed- or rotary-wing aircraft, or Remotely-Piloted Air Systems (RPAS). The IFTS is based on a strong partnership between Leonardo and the IAF, empowering operational synergies and opening up new markets and opportunities for international collaboration. It will benefit from the technical excellence of an integrated training system based on the M-346 aircraft and innovative Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) simulation technology.

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