MASS, a technology and training support company, has supported the UK Joint Force Air Component Headquarters (JFAC HQ) Exercise Titanium Falcon 22 (Ex TF22) at Royal Air Force (RAF) High Wycombe. Taking place between September and October 2022, the exercise prepared JFAC HQ staff for integrated multinational joint task force missions.
Building on the previous TF21 exercise, and based on a fictious scenario, Ex TF22 was tailored to the HQ’s training objectives and focused on the operational level of Air C2. Ex TF22 was broken down into specific JFAC division-level training, covering the key stages of Air Command and Control planning. This culminated in a week of operationally focused live HQ training during the final execution phase.
For the exercise, MASS provided an experienced exercise director and staff who supported the core JFAC exercise team during the coordination and management of the event, including scenario and master event list development.
MASS also supplied mentors for each phase of the exercise, as well as a comprehensive simulation system – the US Marine Corps-developed Marine Air Ground Tactical Warfare Simulation (MTWS) - which allowed for accurate simulation including simulated opposition. This ensured a realistic and scalable representation of joint operations, and exercise control with a 360-degree view that allows accurate representation across all environments.
“The effectiveness of integrated multinational joint task force missions is crucial and through simulation-based exercises experience can be gained and lessons learned in preparation for potential operations,” said Steve Townsend, Head of Training Support at MASS.
The exercise was also supported by partner nations, which provided valuable insights into the benefits of coalition operations, while land and maritime staff provided vital cross-component interfaces as part of the Joint Force.