A number of new and updated training systems for Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) were in evidence at the 2016 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando in December.
ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH showcased its Joint Fires Support Team (JFST) and Forward Air Controller (FAC) Trainer, which will be installed at the German Army artillery school at Idar-Oberstein. ESG is partnered with e.sigma Systems to provide a system to train both forward observers for indirect fire from land and sea, and FACs for close air support.
The facility will include of a number of classroom-based desk-top trainers and two domes, each of which can accommodate both a dismounted JTAC team and an integrated Fennek JFST vehicle replica, providing simultaneous training for up to four JFST in combined missions. Out-of-the hatch capability for the Fennek teams is provided using helmet-mounted displays.
The system includes realistic replicas of JTAC equipment for both mounted and dismounted operations and is integrated with the Adler III fire-support command-and-control (C2) system, which is in service with the Bundeswehr and is provided by ESG based on its Taranis C2 software.
Dr Jörg-Otto Hartz from ESG's simulation and training systems business unit told IHS Jane's that the installation would undergo its system acceptance test in April 2017 and was due to be operational the following month.
Fidelity Technologies Corporation displayed its portable Joint Fires Advanced Scenario Trainer (J-FAST), which it is marketing as the special operations forces mission rehearsal system (SOF-MRS). This uses the same accredited software as Fidelity's dome and classroom trainers that are in use in a number of countries.
The system consists of a three-screen display and keyboard, which pack into a single ruggedised transit case and that can be set up in "under 10 minutes".
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