Advertising Deadline - 6th February 2017
Publication Date - 24th February 2017
T-X Program: Lockheed Martin/KAI T-50A Training System - MS&T continues its coverage of the USAF's Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition with an overall program update and an evaluation of the aircraft and training suite of yet another contender, this time the Lockheed Martin T-50A. The company, in collaboration with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), has jointly developed the T-50A to replace the venerable T-38, as well as train the next generation of pilots to fly 5th generation fighters. MS&T visted the company's Greenville Operations facility in South Carolina where, if selected, the company will build the aircraft for the USAF. MS&T has received comprehensive aircraft and training systems briefings including hands-on exposure to the T-50A Ground-Based Training System (GBTS), designed to be a highly advanced and immersive training experience.
US Joint Operations and Training Update - MS&T has been following and reporting on the US DoD Training Transformation Initiative since it was introduced in 2002. The most important component of the initiative is "Joint Training", with current and future needs determined by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). Industry partnerships and collaboration have been central to the on-going success of the program, and the basic guidance that drives and underpins joint training has remained: "Everyone required to conduct military operations will be trained, under realistic conditions and to exacting standards, prior to execution of those operations. Personnel selected for joint assignments will be trained prior to reaching their duty location." MS&T provides a program update.
RPA Training - In an era of high demand for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) pilots for aircraft such as the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper, MS&T takes a look at the evolving training program, and the on-going investments in ground control stations, simulators, and contract instructors. The 12th Flying Training Wing (FTW) in San Antonia, Texas is central to the RPA community, and is responsible for four single-source aviation pipelines, including combat systems officer training (CSO), pilot instructor training, as well as remotely piloted aircraft pilot indoctrination and basic sensor operator qualification. The wing also manages all airmanship programs for the US Air Force Academy and serves as the single screening point for all aspiring aviators including pilots, RPA pilots and CSOs.
Training to Secure High Value Personnel - MS&T investigates a sample of the training that is involved with securing high value personnel such as government heads of state and industry VIPs. Some of the responsibility for this type of personnel security is contracted to private companies and some is provided directly by state entities, military and paramilitary forces. As the threats evolve so does the technology and the mitigations. Yet human intelligence and flawless inter-agency coordination remain critically important.
BAE Systems Update - An update on the simulation and training activities of BAE Systems, including F-35 and Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) carrier activities, as well as the company's aspirations for the future Hawk aircraft.
Industry Leader Interviews - MS&T caught up with several senior industry leaders at I/ITSEC 2016 and obtained insights into the pulse of the S&T sector and general outlook for the future. These included Dave Bruss, president of Cubic Global Defense, and Lenny Genna, president of L3 Link Simulation & Training.
I/ITSEC Report - MS&T's international editors summarise the highlights of I/ITSEC 2016, held in Orlando, Florida in November.
ITEC Preview - A preview of the ITEC 2017 training and simulation conference to be held in Rotterdam, 16-18 May 2017.
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