The first class of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilots enrolled in the Introductory Fighter Course (IFC) at RAAF Williamtown have benefited from the trial and implementation of advanced synthetic training capabilities from CAE.

The recently-graduated class, which is now proceeding to advanced training on their assigned aircraft, was able to leverage an increased use of synthetic training using two CAE-built HAWK Mk127 full mission simulators (FMS) at Williamtown. CAE and RAAF training personnel developed new virtual training scenarios focused on a range of advanced mission profiles, including air combat manoeuvring and multi-jet intercept. In addition to enhancing the operating performance of constructive computer-generated forces within the training scenarios, CAE added realism to the advanced final stages of lead-in fighter training (LIFT) by networking the two FMS, thus allowing multiple students and instructors to fly the same mission or fly against each other.

CAE developed new lesson plans and mission scenarios to accurately simulate elements of the Introductory Fighter Course traditionally conducted in airborne events […] Maximum training benefit was delivered by supporting our 76 Squadron flying instructors in the use of the new mission profiles, and CAE’s efforts have been outstanding in supporting the Lead-In Fighter Training enterprise for the RAAF,” commented Air Vice Marshal Catherine Roberts, Head of the RAAF’s Aerospace Systems Division, when presenting a certificate of appreciation to CAE Australia.

During the latest IFC, use of the two HAWK Mk127 FMS more than doubled, compared with previous courses. RAAF and CAE instructors delivered the simulator training after rapid development of the new mission training scenarios. In addition, CAE’s on-site maintenance and support personnel introduced improved maintenance procedures to ensure maximum availability for the increased use of the simulators.

The enhanced Introductory Fighter Course is a great example of how a government-industry relationship should work to deliver value and capability […] We are honoured to be part of the integrated team supporting the RAAF’s lead-in fighter training program at both RAAF Williamtown and RAAF Pearce, and privileged to play a role in helping prepare its next-generation fighter pilots,” added CAE’s Vice President and General Manager, Asia/Pacific/Middle East, Ian Bell.

The latest graduates of the RAAF’s Introductory Fighter Course made extensive use of synthetic training with support from CAE (Photo courtesy of Royal Australian Air Force)

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