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JTAC, AO and Forward Observer training solution

NATO & US Accreditation

 

 

News:  IFACTS2 Released!

 

 

Train and sustain CAS and CFF and skillsets

The IFACTS product suite helps military services to cope with a growing demand for mission ready ground commanders. The solution improves JTAC 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 Product Suite

The IFACTS product suite includes:

  • JTAC station
  • FO station
  • Pilot station
  • FDC (Fire Direction Cell) and
  • Instructor station

 

The solutions are deployable, PC-based systems for training and practicing Close Air Support (CAS) and Call for Fire procedures. They provide a synthetic environment within which the JTAC and FO can get basic as well as currency training and rehearse missions. Missions are carried out in geo-specific terrain using simulated equipment and communication.

 

 

Joint Operation Scenarios

IFACTS can be established in the classroom environment or it can be deployed, and it can be used in a stand-alone configuration or networked. This enables you to have several JTAC and FO stations, pilot stations and 3rd party solutions such as battle management systems or flight simulators working together simultaneously in a distributed network configuration. In this way, IFACTS establishes a strong foundation for training complex joint operation scenarios.

 

IFACTS works with several 3rd party solutions including flight simulators, such as DART and F-16/ACT, VBS3, Steel Beasts armoured vehicle simulator, Sitaware battle management systems and CGF’s, such as VRForces, JCATS and INTS.

 

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.

 

 

 

Simulated equipment

The JTAC and FO station equipment includes GPS, ground laser target designators, laser range finders, binoculars, NVG, compass, thermal equipment, ROVER, and much more. Intercom & radio communication is handled by IRAS, a radio communications simulator provided by IFAD.

 

 

Pilot-in-the Loop

The system can either be used with the IFACTS pilot station, an ’Easy-to-Fly’ aircraft/UAV solution controlled by the instructor, it can be networked with a real flight simulator with real pilots, e.g. DART F-16, F16/ACT; or in a combination.

 

 

Additional features

  • Logging and After Action Replay module
  • Radio Communication module (IRAS)
  • DIS/HLA Gateway (ISIM Bridge).

 

 

References

  • Danish Army
  • Danish Air Force (RDAF)
  • Danish Special Forces (SOF)
  • OSW (Operational Support Wing) 
  • Royal Danish Air Force (FW SKP)
  • Portuguese Air Force (PRTAF)
  • Operational at several sites in Denmark
  • Joint training with pilots and JTACs located at different sites
  • Part of DART tactical training center for training pilots, JTACs and GCI
  • Integrated with Sitaware Battle Management System (BMS)
  • Integrated with JCATS system (Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation)
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Publications

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

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Highlights

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

 

 

 

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Components

  • JTAC 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)
  • DART (F-16 flight simulator)
  • ACT (F-16 flight simulator)
  • Gripen NG (flight simulator)
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Statement

 

"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.