December 9, 2011 defpro.com
How should the national training simulators be interconnected to train for joint missions and better prepare NATO forces for actual operations? A special study – which includes Saab among its participants – will provide the answers.
The reason behind the study is that NATO wants to increase the efficiency of newly arrived mission forces by letting them train for their assignments at their home training centres. To make these training exercises realistic, training must be conducted in the interaction necessary for joint missions. To accomplish this, the national training simulators must be interconnected in a network.
By commission of NATO, a study is now being conducted by representatives from the NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG*), where Saab and more than 30 other industrial participants will arrive at a suggested solution from an industry perspective. Besides NATO, representatives for weapon systems, the simulation industry and research institutes are included in the work group.
”The study goes under the name ‘Distributed Simulation for Air and Joint Mission Training’,” says Göran Ancker, working with training and simulation at Saab and one of those who is taking part in the study. ”The work group will deliver a final report by mid-2012 with the members' collective recommendations and opinions.”
Three different areas are being studied: the demands placed by the operator or user; the technology required to obtain interoperability between the simulators and how NATO should govern this training capability.
”There are many aspects to consider. Technological development is necessary so that the training simulators will be able to communicate with each other and function together. Consideration must also be taken to security and certain organisational requirements,” says Göran Ancker.
* NIAG, the NATO Industry Advisory Group, is an advisory organ that assists NATO’s supreme command and consists of a number of industrial representatives. NIAG conducts studies by commission of NATO when opinions from industry are desired prior to technological selections and decisions.