Next Generation Air Combat Training Systems for British Armed Forces

The new training solution by Collins Aerospace features aircraft-mounted Joint Secure Air combat training System (JSAS) pods, plus a ground station that supports secure, live, virtual and constructive, multi-domain collective training By DA Staff / 28 Jul 2021
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Collins Aerospace has signed an agreement with Draken Europe to install its Joint Secure Air combat training System (JSAS) for use with Draken’s Falcon 20 fleet in support of operational readiness training for the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.

This new training solution features aircraft-mounted JSAS pods plus a ground station, built in cooperation with Leonardo DRS that supports secure, Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC), multi-domain collective training.

The system uses Software Defined Radio (SDR) hosting multiple waveforms to provide high capacity and multi-hop mesh networking.

“We are incredibly excited to receive these highly advanced next generation systems to enhance our training capabilities and improve interoperability with our military customers,” said Paul Armstrong, CEO Draken Europe.

“Our continued investment in this area, together with our extensive operational experience, allows us to adapt and optimise our training efforts to reflect the ever changing threat environment that our customers face in reality.”

The system will be upgraded in time with a variant of the next generation Tactical Combat Training System – Increment II (TCTS II) pods enabling fully encrypted interoperability with all coalition platforms across legacy P5 and future P6 Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) waveforms.

In addition, the pods are based on Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS), already extensively used by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy for training and analysis. They will be cleared for flight on the Falcon 20 fleet, with first trials expected by the end of this year.

“JSAS enables the warfighter to train and improve joint tactics, techniques and procedures in a secure environment against a peer adversary threat, unlike anything that has been seen in the past,” said Heather Robertson, vice president and general manager, Integrated Solutions for Collins Aerospace. “We’re excited about the delivering this proven capability to Draken.” 

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