The demonstration is taking place this week at the 2011 I/ITSEC training and simulation conference in Orlando, FL.
The BAE Systems Mission Training Team, supporting the Hawk AJTS program, has developed a scenario to demonstrate the Company’s capabilities in creating operational training scenarios utilizing commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products and integrating them to provide the best training experience for each participant.
The aim of the scenario is to demonstrate how introducing both simple and complex DMO scenarios into training can help provide many learning points for student pilots. These types of synthetic exercises provide a training environment that can be accessed from remote and widespread locations, and can be quickly adjusted in complexity to accommodate the capabilities of the trainees. This means that student pilots can undertake ongoing development and training from their respective bases.
The Joint Fires scenario being demonstrated at I/ITSEC features an operational mission carried out within the vicinity of Randolph Air Force Base in Texas. Three Hawk aircraft will participate in the training exercise; one aircraft configured in the air-to-ground role supported by two additional Hawk aircraft in the Defensive Counter Air role. The mission will be orchestrated from the BAE Systems Booth (#2501), which will provide a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) to coordinate the strike and with pre- and post-strike reconnaissance undertaken by a Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS). All three Hawks will join the demonstration from the BAE Systems Hawk AJTS Demonstration Trailer (Booth #3211).
Other participants in the exercise will be computer generated F16C aircraft providing Defensive Counter Air protecting the attacking aircraft and the RPAS. Offensive forces include Surface to Air Missiles, mobile Anti Aircraft Artillery and ground forces and equipment.
BAE Systems, Inc. is planning to offer the Hawk AJTS, uniquely tailored to meet the needs of the U.S. Air Force, as a potential replacement for the venerable, but aging T-38 trainer aircraft. BAE Systems, Inc. has teamed with Northrop Grumman to compete in the U.S. Air Force’s T-X program; BAE Systems, Inc. will prime the pursuit and Northrop Grumman will serve as the manufacturing partner for the new Hawk aircraft.