In November, the official kick-off event for the Smart Controller Training Tool (SCOTT) project was held at the School of Air Control in Nieuw-Milligen, part of the Air Operations Control Station Nieuw-Milligen (AOCS NM) of the Ministry of Defence. AOCS NM is the command centre of the Royal Netherlands Air Force that monitors and coordinates all military flight operations in its assigned area of responsibility.

The official launch took place in the presence of Col. M.E.P. Zeemeijer EMSD (commander of the AOCS), staff members and students of the School of Air Control, and the developer of the program, NLR.

The program can create realistic tactical simulation exercises using Artificial Intelligence (AI). It offers new possibilities for the education and training of Fighter Controllers. In the past, manual adjustments often had to be made to training simulations, a very labour-intensive process that offered limited possibilities. The SCOTT program uses AI technology, which can introduce unpredictable elements into the training program, resulting in drills and simulations that resemble real-life situations more closely and ensure higher standards of education and training. In developing the program, the Ministry of Defence will make use of the knowledge and experience available at NLR.

The program will be delivered in three phases. Each phase is followed by an evaluation, allowing the developers to make interim adjustments and adapt the program to the wishes and requirements of the AOCS. It is expected to be implemented by mid-2019, and the first phase of the program will be tested in the first quarter of 2019.