Italian Air Force Tornado Strike Fighters Deploy to Israel for Desert Training

All photos: Amir Segev, courtesy of Sky-High.co.il Eight Italian Tornado strike fighters deployed to Israel Air Force (IAF) Base at Ovda for eight days. The visit came two weeks after elements from four IAF squadrons deployed to Sardinia for two weeks of training. The aircraft were part of the 6º ‘Alfredo Fusco’ Tactical Fighter Wing from Ghedi and the 50º Stormo ’Giorgio Graffer’...

Z800 3D Visor

The Z800 3D visor offers immersion-capable 3D computing experience, enabling the soldier or analyst to be surrounded with visual data they need to conduct realistic training. Apart from training, such immersive viewers can be used for remote control of systems, command and control. The viewer comprises two Organic LED (OLED) micro-displays providing full-motion stereo video in 16.7 million colors. The...

A Growing Market for Synthetic Training and Simulation in Europe

The European Military Synthetic Training and Simulation Markets earned revenues of $1.1 billion in 2006. Frost & Sullivan finds estimates this market segment to reach $1.8 billion in 2015. "As European countries increase cooperation in joint military training programs to promote improved training efficiency and cost reductions in net-centric warfare (NCW) environments, the markets for military synthetic training and...

GAO tells Air Force: Improve Service Conditions for Drone Pilots

Since 2008 the US Air Force has more than tripled the number of its active-duty pilots flying Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) - including General Atomics MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper and Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, as well as a number of operational types that are still secretive ‘black’ programs. Due to the increase in demand, and introduction of more capable...

Virtual Iraq – VR Based Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Developed by Virtually Better, with funding from the Naval Research Office, “Virtual Iraq” VR environment suitable for therapy of anxiety disorders resulting from the high-stress environment. The treatment involves exposing the patient to a virtual environment containing the feared situation rather than taking the patient into the actual environment or having the patient imagine the stimulus. The virtual environment...

Creating Virtual Worlds with TerraTools

TerraTools rapidly constructs simulation databases, using standard mapping and aerial imagery (DoD/NGA/USGS) source data, custom Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Geographic Information System (GIS) data, and imagery, in a standard Windows environment. The system follows an automatic, parametric generation of complex visual geometry critical for MOUT. The objects exported by the system can be embedded into the supported simulation...

Startup Ventures Showcase New Developments at Israel’s Defense Innovation Hub

Eight startup companies that graduated today from the first class of Israel's Defense and HLS Accelerator demonstrated that developments of defense systems can sometime be quick and efficient. In only four months, these start up ventures have met significant milestones - proof of concept, prototype development, product design and development and capital funding. The second class has already started...

‘Smart Entities’ define Computer Generated Terrorists for Simulation Training

These interactive, Terrorist Computer Generated Forces (TCGF) embedded into computer models, implement decades of operational experience and research, conducted with Israel Ministry of Defense. "Smart Entities" incorporates a broad range of terror and urban warfare scenarios and will provide Israel’s Defense Forces with a level of high fidelity training that’s as real as it gets. These models are based...

The New Flight Training Center in Greece to Follow the Israeli Model

Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) and Hellenic Ministry of National Defense have signed an expansive agreement of approximately NIS 5.5 billion (€1.375 billion) for the establishment and operation of an international flight training center for the Hellenic Air Force. Further expansions also include cooperation between the Israeli flight academy and Hellenic Airforce Academy and adding military helicopter pilot training at the facility. The goal of the new center is to train fighter pilots of the Greek Air Force and foreign armed forces, similar to the Italian Air Force/Leonardo International Flight Training School (IFTS).

Joint Fires Trainer to Improve British Fire Support

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...

Training & Simulation technologies at I/ITSEC 2007

Defense Update's covers some of the latest trends and technologies at the Interservice, Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition. Parallel to the development of defense technology, the military profession has become more complex. Besides mastering combat skills, soldiers must be qualified as computer operators, capable to rapidly learn and absorb complex new systems, such as new weapon, protective...

Lockheed Martin To Offer Korean ‘Golden Eagle’ for USAF Advanced Future Trainer (T-X)

Lockheed Martin announced today that it will offer the T-50A in the U.S. Air Force's T-X Advanced Pilot Training (APT). The T-50A is the US designation reserved for the Korean T-50 Golden Eagle. The US Air Force plans to acquire 350 advanced trainers, to replace the +50 year old T-38 Talon in service.

IAI Establishes the UAS Academy, Offering Training Solution for UAS Operators

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has established a training and certification facility preparing UAS operators and technicians to support Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The UAS Academy leverages the extensive experience gained by IAI experts through more than 40 years of UAS design, development, operations and training of UAS operators and technicians. // In addition to providing a variety of...

New Simulation Programs

CAE awarded £13 million in U.K. contracts CAE will deliver 36 Warrior Gunnery Turret Trainers under a £5 million contract signed with the British MOD. The simulators will be used to train British Army Warrior Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) crewmen and commanders in the gunnery operations, supporting individual, crew and small unit up to platoon level by utilizing Network-Enabled connectivity....