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Fox assists Strike Eagle training

29th October 2020 - 14:00 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Holsworthy

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Training management system provides scheduling, resource allocation – including classrooms, synthetic training equipment, instructors and aircraft – and can also be used to refine curricula

Britannica Knowledge Systems announced on 28 October that the 4th Fighter Wing in USAF Air Combat Command (ACC) has acquired its Fox training management system.

Based at Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina, 4th Fighter Wing operates the F-15E Strike Eagle and in addition to its two operational squadrons, 335th and 336th (see photo), the unit also provides formal training to ACC for aircraft in 333rd and 334th Fighter Squadrons, and 4th Training Squadron.

Training includes initial and recurrent for pilots and Weapon Systems Officers (WSO) and according to Britannica, Fox will enable the unit ‘to centralise and simplify training operations management and improve learning for enhanced readiness’.

Fox provides scheduling, resource allocation – including classrooms, synthetic training equipment, instructors and aircraft – and it can also be used to refine curricula.

Britannica has said that 4th Wing will also use Fox’s Learning Management System (LMS), the Fox mobile grading app, and Fox’s qualification tool to monitor a student’s status to undertake certain operational tasks or missions.

To enable data transfer between 4th Fighter Wing and the USAF, the project includes an integration between Fox and Patriot Excalibur (PEX) software that coordinates scheduling and related activities throughout the USAF.

With 333rd and 334th Fighter Squadrons providing the airborne training, 4th Training Squadron conducts academic and device training for USAF and allied aircrews that operate the F-15E.

According to Shephard Defence Insight, these foreign operators include Israel, South Korea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

The squadron ‘develops, accept and provide quality control for five formal ACC F-15E syllabi, training manuals and contracted courseware. They also manage the utilization of both Integrated Avionics Trainers and Mission Training Centers.’

Along with F-16 and F-22, this F-15 contract falls under the responsibility of CAE's Mission Solutions Inc company that provides Contract Aircrew Training and Courseware Development to ACC.

Britannica Knowledge Systems has had considerable success with Fox over recent years. Customers include the US Army, the Royal Canadian Air Force in addition to industry players such as CAE, Lockheed Martin and Elbit.

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