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US Navy closes AIC training gap

20th April 2021 - 15:45 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Holsworthy


ASCOT has now enabled AIC and AAWC training to be conducted more efficiently. (Photo: USN/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Milham)

The US Navy has been facing challenges as to how it trains its Air Intercept Controllers. The arrival of ASCOT appears to have solved the issue.

The USN's Afloat Training Group (ATG) Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia has now established an Air Intercept Controller (AIC) Lab to provide advanced training for AICs and Anti-Air Warfare Coordinators (AAWC).

Central to the new facility is its Advanced Simulation Combat Operations Trainer (ASCOT) device. Built by Plexsys, ASCOT is used for several airspace C2 training applications, most notably for the E-3D Sentry.

‘Our AICs have the responsibility of controlling our fighter aircraft in an air-to-air environment,’ explained Senior Chief Operations Specialist Adam Siler, AIC supervisor at ATG Norfolk. ‘If our aircraft are going out to intercept, identify or shoot down …

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