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Inzpire delivers UK training exercise

19th June 2017 - 08:06 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Inzpire has delivered the UK's distributed training event Exercise RED KITE at the Air Battlespace Training Centre (ABTC) at Royal Air Force Waddington, the company announced on 15 June.

RED KITE is a UK/US bi-lateral distributed synthetic training initiative. The exercise provided participants with tactical war-fighter training in a representative real-world scenario which was developed and led by Inzpire. The exercise incorporated modern threat systems with associated complex rules of engagement with the standard military mantra of train hard – fight easy.

The event saw Canadian CF-18 pilots flying simulators at the Canadian Air Warfare Centre, Trenton; MC-130crews from Hurlburt Field AFB in Florida; C-17 crews in their simulators at Dover and Charleston AFBs on the US east coast, and MQ-9, F-16CMs and EA-18Gs being flown at the US Air Force Europe Warrior Preparation Centre in Germany.

In the UK, Typhoon pilots from No. 6, 8 and 11 Squadrons flew simulators at the ABTC, E- 3D with rear crew from No. 51 Sqn Rivet Joint providing real time support. The Royal Navy connected its Type 45 destroyer ops room simulator from the Maritime Composite Training System at HMS Collingwood. The simulator was manned by ops teams from HMS Duncan in week one and HMS Diamond in week two. No. 849 Squadron, UK Sea King ASaC, connected from its simulator at RNAS Culdrose.

Andy Fisher, the exercise management officer, said: 'The ABTC prides itself in meeting individual’s training needs in a collective synthetic environment. Exercise RED KITE required a complex scenario in order to keep all participants challenged throughout the exercise execute period.

We worked closely with the technical teams, led by QinetiQ, to provide the air and land picture with the Royal Navy providing the maritime picture. This blend of expertise brought a complex, challenging and rich battlespace.'

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