A team of ex-military training experts from Inzpire Limited has recently completed the design and delivery of a major international exercise, working alongside the Royal Air Force’s 92 Squadron at the Air Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington.
Inzpire personnel acted as the ‘white force’ for Exercise COBRA WARRIOR, conducted between 1-20 September, involving 50 aircraft and personnel from five different nations. The exercise included TYPHOONs from Britain, Germany and Italy, the F35 LIGHTNING II, a B-52 from the USAir Force and helicopters and ground personnel from 1 Sqn RAF Regiment. The exercise also saw Israeli F-15C/Ds and 707 tankers flying in UK airspace for the first time.
As part of the ‘whole force’ approach, Inzpire’s collective training experts worked closely with the 92 Sqn officers in designing all the scenarios which took place during the three-week exercise, developing a series of complex missions to meet the varying training requirements of the five participating nations.
Prior to the exercise starting, personnel from Inzpire’s collective training division undertook vital planning tasks to facilitate it, including the booking of land areas for the use of surface-to-air missile systems, ground troops and support helicopters, booking all airspace required for each mission, creating all support products and briefs for the participants and coordinating personnel from the 11 participating RAF bases.
The exercise management team, comprised of military personnel working alongside Inzpire, guided six-hour mission planning processes in which all participating military personnel planned how to meet the commander’s intent of the commander and achieve the mission. To ensure the participants were fully immersed and received the best training, Inzpire’s experts and 92 Sqn personnel played a number of crucial roles during the delivery of the exercise to make the environment as real as possible.
At the conclusion of each mission, Inzpire cooperated closely alongside the MoD customer to facilitate the crucial de-briefs, in which every individual element of the exercise – in the air and on the ground – was analysed to assess whether the mission intent was achieved.
Rob Hough, Inzpire’s training manager for live delivery explained that “our staff have been working extremely hard for the last year on designing the largest Exercise COBRA WARRIOR to date. It was a pleasure once again to work alongside our military counterparts, as part of the ‘whole force’ approach to deliver immersive training to both air and ground-based personnel, culminating in the successful graduation of Qualified Weapons Instructors, not only from the UK but from our international partners as well.”