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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.

 

All-In-One solution

 

  • 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.

 

Simulated equipment

Equipment includes GPS, ground laser target designators, laser range finders, binoculars, NVG, compass, thermal equipment and ROVER.
 

Pilot-in-the Loop

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

All-In-One solution

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.

 

 

 

Low-Risk solution

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.

 

 

 

References


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).

 


 

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Publications

  IFACTS FAC/JTAC trainer (>)
   IFACTS Product Sheet (>)

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Highlights

  • Deployable solution
  • Call for Fire training
  • FAC training
  • Pilot-in-the-Loop
  • Day and Night training
  • Training in current operative environments
  • HLA/DIS interoperability

 


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Components

  • FAC station
  • Pilot station
  • FO station
  • FO Instructor
  • Fire Direction Center (FDC) 
  • Logging&Replay (AAR)
  • Geo-specific terrain
  • Radio communication & Intercom
  • CAS and CFF scenarios
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Interoperability

  • JCATS (CGF)
  • VRForces (CGF)
  • INTS Naval Tactical System (CGF)
  • SteelBeasts (armoured vehicle sim.)
  • Sitaware (battle management system)
  • F16-ACT (flight simulator)
  • SAAB Gripen NG (flight simulator)
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References

 

"IFACTS enables us to train and educate oiur students in the classroom in a realistic life like environment prior to their live fire exercises. It saves us crusial resources, and at the same time creates a firm foundation for evaluation of the individual students' abilities in respect to act as FAC and/or AO in the future. We are very happy with the solution", Army Combat and Fire Support Centre and Danish Defence officials states.