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The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) has selected Elbit Systems’ Brigade and Battlegroup Mission Training Center (B2MTC) as a winner of the IDF Commander-in-Chief’s (C-in-C) Innovation Award for 2020. The announcement cites considerations such as originality, feasibility, scalability and extraordinary contribution for the over-all effectiveness of the IDF as motivation for the award.

Since the system entered IDF service, the ground forces element has diverted all its field training to the B2MTC, which has accumulated many hundreds of training hours to date, with thousands of trainees from regular and reserve units. The system immerses commanders, headquarters staff and two subordinate command levels in high-fidelity combat situations. It reduces the costs and logistics of field training while enabling a hyper-realistic training experience using current IDF operational battle management systems. The B2MTC presents commanders and their staff with a realistic operational picture, enables them to operate a range of assets, compels them to respond to real-time changes and requires them to cope with tactical communications that are realistically impacted by various effects.

The B2MTC supports large-scale geo-specific terrain, dynamic weather and thousands of virtual entities, offering a uniquely engaging training experience for more than a hundred trainees at a time. The system emulates the realistic flow of information between levels of command and from a range of intelligence, target acquisition and fire functions, enabling complex, joint combat scenarios to be exercised. In-service tactical communication is simulated, with performance realistically impacted by cyber, bandwidth, terrain, weather and other effects. The exercise director can introduce dynamic, on-the-fly changes into the simulation, allowing commanders to test their ability to react and adapt to the challenges of battle. The after-action review and debrief mode offers synchronised playback of the entire exercise, providing trainees with meaningful insight into the consequences of decisions and actions.

Elbit’s B2MTC provides compelling and memorable training events at brigade and battlegroup command and staff levels. (Photos: Elbit Systems)

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