The British Army began operating a mobile Close Air Support (CAS) and Joint Fires simulator, a bespoke solution was built to satisfy the military requirement for mobile, on the job training for personnel of the 1st Artillery Brigade personnel. The Joint Fires Mobile Trainer (JFMT) is now in active service, training Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) and Fire Support Teams (FST) within the brigade.
The JFMT is accredited to simulate all controls currently allowable (types 1, 2, and 3, Full Motion Video, Rotary Wing, Night/IR, Remote Observer, and Laser Target Designation). Through the qualification process completed in August last year with UK Joint Air Land Organisation (JALO), JFMT successfully met all US and NATO requirements to deliver simulated CAS training.
The simulator was developed and produced by Elbit Systems UK Ltd. (#ESUK) and QuantaDyn Corporation. Under the contract, Elbit Systems UK supplied the JFMT as a fully serviced training package, all contained within a versatile 20ft trailer able to be deployed and recovered by vehicles within short time frames. The concept supports training at the training centre or in the field, as part of refresher courses.