On 19 November the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNlAF) officially launched its Smart Controller Training Tool (SCOTT) programme at the Air Operations Control Station Nieuw-Milligen (AOCS-NM), the service’s command centre.

SCOTT is a programme that can create realistic tactical simulation exercises using artificial intelligence (AI), developed by the Netherlands Aerospace Centre, NLR. 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. SCOTT uses AI technology, which can introduce unpredictable elements into the training programme. This results in drills and simulations that resemble real-life situations more closely, thus ensuring higher standards of education and training.

The programme will be delivered in three phases, each followed by an evaluation, allowing the developers to make interim adjustments and adapt the programme to the wishes and requirements of the AOCS. The SCOTT tool is expected to be implemented by mid-2019, and the first phase of the programme will be tested in the first quarter of 2019, enabling the AOCS to educate and train professionals as effectively and rigorously as possible.

SCOTT will allow the Ministry of Defence to take a big step forward in realising a ‘Fifth Generation Air Force’ at AOCS Nieuw-Milligen. (Photo: NLR)

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