FAC, AO and Forward Observer training solution
IFACTS is a deployable, PC-based system for training and practicing Call for Fire as well as Close Air Support procedures, providing a synthetic environment within which the FAC and FO can rehearse missions using simulated communications and simulated equipment. The IFACTS solution can be established either in the classroom environment or it can be deployed.
- IFACTS is delivered as an All-In-One solution with FAC, FO, Pilot, FDC and Instructor modules. It can be used stand-alone or networked, and via HLA/DIS it can be used in conjunction with other systems.
- IFACTS integrates with several other simulators as well as training and battle management systems, and thereby establishes a strong foundation for complex joint training scenarios.
- IFACTS supports the increased focus on Joint Operations and enables the user to train a variety of Joint Operation scenarios.
Equipment includes GPS, ground laser target designators, laser range finders, binoculars, NVG, compass, thermal equipment and ROVER.
The system can either be used with the IFACTS ’Easy-to-Fly’ aircraft controlled by the instructor; or with a real pilot-in-the-loop controlling a flight simulator, e.g. F16/ACT; or in a combination. The IFACTS solution can be used stand-alone or networked, either in a local configuration or geographically distributed with pilots and FACs operating at different sites. IFACTS is fully integrated with the F16/ACT flight simulator already in use by the Danish Air Force.
Train and sustain CFF and CAS skillsets
The IFACTS training solution helps military services to cope with a growing demand for mission ready ground commanders. The solution improves FAC and FO proficiency, cooperation skills and performance. It will increase training effectiveness, and reduce operational costs, impact on environment and reliance on weather.
The IFACTS solution is delivered as an All-In-One solution comprising the following modules. During start-up the user chooses which role to play.
- Forward Air Controller station (FAC)
- Artillery Observer station (FO)
- Pilot station
- Instructor station
- Fire Direction Cell (FDC)
- Logging and After Action Replay module
- Radio Communication module
- DIS/HLA Gateway.
IFACTS can be delivered with a reduced number of modules upon request.
The IFACTS solution makes use of standard technology and COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) thereby providing for flexibility, scalability and low-risk to the customers.
Joint Close Air Support or Call For Fire training
The IFACTS solution is based on HLA and DIS interoperability protocols. This enables you to have several FAC and FO stations and/or pilot stations working together simultaneously in a distributed network configuration. IFACTS can also be used in a networked configuration with 3rd party solutions. IFACTS works with several 3rd party solutions including flight simulators (F16-ACT), VBS3, armoured vehicle simulators (Steel Beasts), battle management systems (Sitaware), and battlefield simulators (CGF’s), e.g. VRForces, JCATS and INTS.
The IFACTS solution works via DIS with VBS3 where the IFACTS' AO-Instructor is used as Fire Direction cell (FDC) to define scenarios, and set up and control fire missions based on input from the observers.
The solution has also been integrated with Saab's Gripen Mission Trainer by using Saab's Widely Integrated Systems Environment (WISE) integration platform. Both systems use the same database, so both observer and pilot see the same terrain but from different viewpoints.
Battle field simulator
The IFACTS solution is networked with the JCATS system (Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation). Realistic training scenarios are generated and controlled by JCATS. Intercom and radio communication is handled by IRAS, a radio communications simulator provided by IFAD.
IFACTS was delivered to the Danish Army Fire Support School for basic FAC training as well as joint training of combat experienced FACs from TACP, SOF and pilots. The IFACTS solution is networked with the Army’s JCATS system (Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation). Realistic training scenarios are generated and controlled by JCATS. Intercom&radio communication is handled by IRAS, a radio communications simulator provided by IFAD.
In September 2013 IFAD released a new version of IFACTS, including two new modules for training Call for Fire (FO Station and FO INSTRUCTOR). Several IFACTS licenses were delivered to DAR - the Danish Army Artillery Regiment for training of Forward Observers. All solutions were integrated with the Army's Sitaware battle management systems.
In December 2015 a comprehensive 'All-in-One' FAC and AO trainer was delivered to Danish Army Combat and Fire Support Centre (ACFSC).