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 Training and Simulation

  1. A demonstrator of Alenia's new M-345 trainer was flown at Farnborough. Alenia Aermacchi

    Alenia Flies New Trainer Demonstrator at Farnborough

    One year after announcing it at the Paris Air Show, Italy's Alenia Aermacchi has flown a demonstrator of its new basic advanced M-345 trainer at the Farnborough International Airshow.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  2. CAE will upgrade NATO's AWACS simulators. NATO

    CAE Signs NATO AWACS Simulator Deal

    Simulation giant CAE has signed a contract to upgrade the simulators for NATO's fleet of E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft, the company announced Tuesday.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  3. BAE hopes to link the training systems of the F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon programs. Copyright Eurofighter-Geoffrey Lee

    BAE Working F-35 and Typhoon Interoperability

    The F-35 joint strike fighter may well come to rule the skies of the future, but for decades to come it will need to work with existing 'fourth-generation' fleets.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
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    The Israeli Air Force has taken delivery of the first two of 30 M-346 jet trainers ordered from Italy's Alenia Aermacchi in 2012. Wikipedia

    Alenia Aermacchi Delivers Pair of 30 M-346s to Israel

    The Israeli Air Force has taken delivery of the first two of 30 M-346 jet trainers ordered from Italy's Alenia Aermacchi in 2012.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
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    The Office of Naval Research is experimenting with new ways to view, control and interact with virtual environments. John F. Williams/ / US Navy

    US Navy Shows Off Ideas About 2025 Workplace

    The US Navy is trying to give developers and operators a look at the workplace of 2025 a space full of unmanned vehicles, gesture-controlled robots, virtual meetings and 3D data visualization.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
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    The latest version of the US Army's land-navigation trainer adds an altimeter and better fidelity. US Army

    Snowdrifts and Skis: US Army Updates Land-Nav Trainer

    The US Army has upgraded its land-navigation simulator, which helps teach a variety of outdoor skills, to take advantage of a new version of its underlying battlefield simulation system.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  4. Dean Fisher, left, CAE vice president, and Adeniyi Makanjuola, Caverton Helicopters chairman, hold a model of a flight simulator. CAE and Caverton will establish a flight training and simulation center in Lagos. Caverton Helicopters

    CAE, Caverton To Establish Flight Training Center in Lagos

    Montreal's CAE and Nigeria-based Caverton Helicopters have signed an agreement that paves the way for the Canadian company to set up and operate sub-Saharan Africa's first full-flight training and simulation center in Lagos by mid-2015.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
  5. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reviews the troops of L'Ecole des Transmissions in Cesson-Sevigne, western France, where he presented the 'Cyber Defense 2014-2016' pact on Feb. 7, which includes plans to invest in cyber defenses. The Ministry of Defense has now announced it will train cyber experts to protect the military. Thomas Bregardis / AFP

    France To Train Own Cadre of Cyber Defense Experts

    Unable to compete with private firms as it looks to hire cybersecurity experts, France's Ministry of Defense will set up a course to train its own experts to protect the French military.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  6. A British soldier trains in urban environment using Saab's Deployable Tactical Engagement Simulation. Saab wants to sell the system to the French. Jerker Johansson/Saab AB

    Saab Eyes Army Training System Sale to French

    As France gears up to spend on new training systems, Saab has set its sights on winning a slice of the work by supplying the same instrumented Army training system it has sold to the British Army.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
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    On Target: A US Marine takes part in a pistol competition at Jordan's King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center. Jordan is among the Middle East countries that invests heavily in modern training facilities. Sgt. Alex Sauceda /US Marine Corps

    In Mideast, Demand Outpaces Growing Training Industry

    Military training and simulation programs in several Middle East countries in particular, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan have been rapidly growing to cope with the modernization of their armed forces.

    • May. 20, 2014
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    Replaceable? US Air Force leaders wonder how far live-virtual-constructive training might go toward replacing largely live exercises like the service's Red Flag events. Lorenz Crespo/US Air Force

    Under Budget Pressure, US Air Force Looks to LVC Training

    When sequestration caused the US Air Force to slash budgets, one of the first things to get hit was training.

    • May. 20, 2014
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    Catching Up: Sailors aboard USS Minnesota and other attack submarines will soon train on touchscreens so sensitive they can detect pressures, not just locations. This is forcing the simulation industry to develop new gestures for interacting with screens. Mark D. Faram/staff

    US Navy Pushes the Touchscreen Envelope

    In the US Navy, simulation and virtual reality have long been mostly an aviator's game, but that's changing. Today, some of the Navy's most innovative training systems are under development for the submarine and surface communities.

    • May. 20, 2014
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    Virtual LCS: In this still from a US Navy video, a bridge team practices sailing a littoral combat ship in a simulator at the LCS training facility in San Diego. Sailors assigned to one of the new LCS ships complete qualification training at the onshore facility before reporting to their ship, a relatively new concept for the Navy's surface force. US Navy

    US Navy Alters Live/Simulated Training Mix

    The US Navy has long used simulators to train personnel particularly aviators but a recent explosion of technology is allowing sailors across the service to complete a startling range of preparation before their ship leaves the dock or aircraft goes a

    • May. 20, 2014
  7. UAV Fliers Only: The Italian Air Force, which flies Reapers and Predators, such as the MQ-1C, is considering building its own UAV pilot training school. Italian Air Force

    Italy May Build UAV School

    The Italian Air Force, which has largely relied on US training for its UAV pilots, may build its own school and open it to other air forces, officials said.

    • May. 20, 2014
  8. Command Training: CAE's GESI constructive simulation system in use at the German Army's Combat Simulation Center in Wildflecken, left and below. GESI, along with Rolands & Associates' Joint Theatre Level Simulation, is part of GlobalSim, which CAE is slated to demonstrate at ITEC 2014. CAE

    Ukraine Crisis Underlines Training Questions

    As the international training community gathers in Cologne, Germany, for the 2014 iteration of the ITEC conference and exposition, the dialogue is punctuated with more question marks than usual.

    • May. 20, 2014
  9. Under Training: US Army cadets use the Dismounted Soldier Training System to practice patrolling as a squad, entering and clearing a building, and other simulated operations. Rachael Tolliver/US Army

    US Army Seeks to Link All Virtual Training

    Next month, US Army leaders will sit down with representatives from industry and academia at Fort Eustis, Virginia, to lay plans for a fully integrated, global virtual training environment, an ambitious project that could vastly streamline and improve how

    • May. 20, 2014
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    Automatic Training: Meggitt Training Systems has added an automatic coaching tool to its FATS M100 marksmanship trainer. Meggitt Training Systems

    Cooperation and Crossover As Industry Gathers for ITEC

    The world's largest military training and simulation conference has expanded to seven themes to cover as much ground as possible, but even larger trends underlying the industry and ITEC itself can be summed up in three words: collaboration, crossover and

    • May. 20, 2014
  10. The USS Mount Whitney is serving as headquarters for Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO in exercise Jaguar 2014. Courtesy

    NATO Conducts Exercise to Respond to Global Crises at Short Notice

    NATO is in the midst of an exercise to train and evaluate the ability of NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Spain and Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFOR NATO) to respond to crises anywhere in the world at short notice.

    • May. 9, 2014
  11. Russia plans to send the first batch of nine Yak-130 trainer aircraft to Syria by the end of this year. Syria has purchased 36 trainers. ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP/Getty Images

    Russia To Supply Yak-130 Jet Trainers To Syria

    Russia's state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport will deliver the first batch of nine Yakovlev Yak-130 jet trainers to the Syrian government by the end of this year.

    • May. 6, 2014
  12. Airbus officials say US Army plans to use the UH-72A Lakota for pilot training boosts international and domestic sales potential. Airbus Group

    Airbus: US Army's Extra Lakota Helicopter Buy Boosts Foreign Sale Potential

    The US Army's decision to purchase 100 additional Airbus UH-72 Lakota helicopters for pilot training increases the potential for international sales of the aircraft, according to company officials.

    • May. 1, 2014
  13. An Afghan National Army (ANA) Mi-17 helicopter flies over the Sakhi Shrine in 2012 in Kabul. It would take time and cost money to train the Afghan military on American-made helicopters after years of training Kabul's military pilots on Russian-built aircraft, US Defense Department acquisition executive Frank Kendall said Wednesday. Massoud Hossaini / Getty Images

    DoD Official Defends Training Afghan Military on Russian Helos

    It would take time and cost money to train the Afghan military on American-made helicopters after years of training Kabul's military pilots on Russian-built aircraft, a senior Pentagon official said Wednesday.

    • Apr. 30, 2014
  14. India wants additional PC-7 trainer aircraft, but state-owned HAL is pushing its own under-development basic trainer. Aldo Wicki / Pilatus

    India Wants Domestic Production of Pilatus Trainers

    After contracting 75 basic trainer aircraft from Pilatus in 2012, the Indian Ministry of Defence wants to buy an additional 106 that would be license-built by a domestic company.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Bell Helicopter is pitching its 407GX to replace the US Navy's TH-57 training helicopter. Bell Helicopter

    Bell Pitches 407GX for Navy Trainer Helicopter Program

    Bell Helicopter is pitching its single-engine 407GX for the US Navy training helicopter replacement program, a company official said.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    A Pakistan Navy frigate docks at Port Sudan, in the Red Sea, in 2012. Pakistan and Iranian ships have conducted joint naval exercises this week. Ashraf Shazly/Agence France-Presse

    Pakistani, Iranian Navies Conduct Joint Exercises

    The Pakistani and Iranian navies have engaged in a four-day joint naval exercise east of the Straits of Hormuz this week in an effort to improve security cooperation between the two neighbors.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  15. Italy's AgustaWestland is offering a variant of its AW109 to serve as a US Navy training helicopter. AgustaWestland

    AgustaWestland Pitches AW119 for US Navy Helicopter Trainer

    Helicopter maker AgustaWestland is touting the capabilities of its American-built AW119Kx as a candidate to replace the US Navy's current fleet of training choppers.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
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    A full-flight simulator called Odyssey 10 is made by OPINICUS, one of two companies acquired by Textron for its new consolidated simulations group. OPINICUS

    Textron Relaunches Consolidated Simulations Group

    Following its late 2013 acquisitions of two simulations companies, Textron announced Tuesday that it was relaunching its consolidated simulations group under the banner TRU Simulation + Training Inc.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
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    US Air Force pilots can now fly night training sorties. US Air Force

    USAF F-35 Makes First Night Flight

    Pilots in the US Air Force's newest and most expensive fighter can now fly at night.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
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    Saab and Pilatus will jointly promote the PC-21 if Sweden replaces its current trainer aircraft. Pilatus

    Saab, Pilatus To Promote the PC-21 if Sweden Seeks New Trainer Aircraft

    Saab and Pilatus Aircraft will cooperate in bidding the Swiss company's PC-21 if the Swedish Air Force opt to replace its SK 60 trainer.

    • Mar. 28, 2014
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    Transport Focus: Embraer is leading a group of partners in development of the KC-390, intended to challenge the C-130 Hercules transport in various markets. Embraer illustration

    Fleet Modernization Drives Requirements Across South America

    As South America continues increasing its defense expenditures, air fleet modernization is driving numerous requirements and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  16. First Appearance: The US Navy will test the Airborne Mine Laser Detection System this year during exercises in the Arabian Gulf. The system, equipping an MH-60S helicopter here, was developed as part of the littoral combat ship mine countermeasures package. US Navy

    Gulf Partnerships

    From its headquarters in Bahrain, US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) looks out on a steady drumbeat of exercises, training operations and surveillance activities, many in cooperation with regional partners.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
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    A Dolphin-class submarine will be among the ships Israel will send to participate in the Noble Dina exercises with Greece and the US. Agence France-Presse

    Israel, Greek and US Navies Kick Off Annual Med Sea Drill

    Israeli, Greek and US military personnel are slated to meet in Crete Tuesday to kick off Noble Dina 2014, a two-week, trilateral exercise in the Mediterranean Sea.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
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    Alenia Aermacchi is building 30 M-346 trainers for Israel. Alenia Aermacchi

    M-346 Rollout Marks Israeli-Italian Mega Deal

    Alenia Aermacchi has rolled out its first M-346 jet trainer for Israel, part of a reciprocal deal covering satellites and early warning aircraft for Italy.

    • Mar. 22, 2014
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    Germany's Rheinmetall had planned to build a combat training center in Russia under a deal signed in 2011. Rheinmetall

    Germany Halts Combat Simulator Export to Russia

    German government officials on Wednesday halted the planned export of a high-end battle simulation facility to Russia amid the unfolding crisis on the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine.

    • Mar. 19, 2014
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    New Market: Airbus Helicopters' African customers include Lesotho, which has acquired the company's EC135 light utility helicopter for the Air Wing of its Defense Force. Airbus Helicopters

    Eurocopter To Establish Permanent Kenyan Base

    Eurocopter Southern Africa Ltd.

    • Mar. 16, 2014
  17. US Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford says the Taliban threat has diminished, but Afghan forces still need support. US Marine Corps

    ISAF Chief: Taliban No Longer 'Existential Threat' to Afghanistan

    The Taliban no longer presents an 'existential threat' to the Afghan government, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan told a congressional panel Wednesday morning, but the Afghan armed forces still aren't ready to operate alone without significant

    • Mar. 12, 2014
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    The Samson 30 remote controlled weapon station fires a Spike-LR missile. Rafael

    Rafael Trainer Hones Precision Strike Ops

    Rafael, Israel's premier provider of tactical missiles, is expanding its niche in training and simulation with Spike Team Trainer (STT), a system designed to support international users of the firm's Spike family of precision strike weapons.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
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    A drop in sustainment costs of the unmanned Global Hawk led the Air Force to recommend funding the drone as a replacement for the U-2. Air Force

    US Air Force Left with Little Flexibility in Budget

    US Air Force leadership spent months telling anyone who would listen that their budget would result in a smaller service today in order to afford modernization for tomorrow, and its budget delivered on that promise.

    • Mar. 9, 2014
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    Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, the F-35 program chief, expressing confidence that the four-plane drop in purchases  from 30 to 26  will not significantly impact the program. Tom Reynolds / US Air Force

    Promises Kept: Few Surprises in USAF Budget

    For months, top Air Force officials have been preparing Washington for a budget that cuts back on force structure in favor of modernization. During Tuesday's budget reveal, they made good on their promise.

    • Mar. 5, 2014
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    Two T-38 Talons climb skyward at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. The T-X trainer replacement program and the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) recapitalization will both receive funds in the 2015 budget request. Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo / US Air Force

    Trainer Replacement, JSTARS Funded in 2015 Air Force Request

    The US Air Force funded two secondary modernization programs in its budget request in a move clearly made with an eye towards modernizing for the next decade.

    • Mar. 4, 2014
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    Afghan Police receive training in weapons maintenance as local forces take more responsibility for anti-insurgency operations. Agence France-Presse

    Logistics, Sustainment Challenge Afghan Army

    Afghanistan's military and police are holding their own against the country's insurgency, but the 340,000-member force still faces significant logistics and sustainment challenges, NATO and Afghan officers say.

    • Mar. 1, 2014
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    Poland has signed a contract to purchase eight Alenia Aermacchi M-346 jet trainers Wikipedia

    Poland Signs 280M Deal for Eight M-346 Jet Trainers

    The Polish Defense Minister has signed a 280 million contract for the purchase of eight Alenia Aermacchi M-346 jet trainers, the firm said Thursday.

    • Feb. 27, 2014
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    T-6C Trainer Beechcraft

    New Pilot Training Scheme for New Zealand

    Beechcraft's T-6C aircraft has been chosen to provide new pilot training capability for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

    • Feb. 25, 2014
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    General Dynamics and Alenia Aermacchi are offering the T-100 trainer for the US Air Force's T-X trainer replacement program. Alenia Aermacchi

    CAE USA Joins General Dynamics T-X Offering

    General Dynamics has lined up the US arm of Canadian simulation giant CAE to provide training solutions for its offering for the US Air Force's next-generation trainer.

    • Feb. 19, 2014
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    Defense Department and General Services Administration officials plan to institute federal cybersecurity acquisition reforms through executive action. Agence France-Presse

    Obama Trying Executive Action for Cyber Fixes

    Following up on President Barack Obama's State of the Union theme of executive action regardless of congressional approval, the Defense Department (DoD) and General Services Administration (GSA) announced late Wednesday they were moving ahead with six 'pl

    • Jan. 30, 2014
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    Gen. Jean-Paul Palomeros NATO

    NATO Transformation Chief: Without Good Training 'No Need' for New Platforms

    The general in charge of NATO's training and strategic planning recognizes the budgetary problems afflicting member states, but believes the organization must focus on training and interoperability to remain effective after the drawdown in Afghanistan, he

    • Jan. 29, 2014
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    The United Arab Emirates has requested the purchase of 30 F-16 Block 61 aircraft and the upgrade of its existing F-16 Block 60 fleet. Karim Shaib / AFP via Getty Images

    UAE, Libya Request US Arms Purchases

    While Iraq's request to purchase Apache attack helicopters and Hellfire missiles has garnered headlines this week, two other regional countries have received approval to buy US military equipment.

    • Jan. 29, 2014
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    NATO has signed contracts worth $200 million since August 2010 to increase literacy among Afghan forces. NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan

    Despite Literacy Push, Up to Half of Afghan Forces Still Can't Read

    Despite making literacy a key component of the training of Afghan soldiers and police officers, as much as half of the force recruited since 2009 could be illiterate, a new US government special inspector's report says.

    • Jan. 28, 2014
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    Changes Coming: US Army leaders have talked about cutting soldiers from brigades and replacing them with unmanned platforms. US Army

    US Army Leaders Preview Lighter, Faster Service

    Taken separately, several speeches, briefings and interviews conducted by US Army leadership over the past two weeks don't necessarily look like anything special.

    • Jan. 28, 2014
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    Thomas de Maiziere, left, hands over his office as German defense minister to Ursula von der Leyen by inspecting a military honor guard with her. Agence France-Presse

    Report: German Military Has Reached Its Operational Limits

    The German military is stretched to its limits, and the goals of the ongoing restructuring program might not be reached, the parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces said.

    • Jan. 28, 2014
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    Used Gear: Finland's acquisition of Leopard tanks from the Netherlands was part of Finnish efforts to control costs. A German Leopard tank is shown here. US Army

    Finland Purchasing Secondhand Equipment to Protect Core Budget

    Higher demands being placed on the Finnish military's cost-reduction programs are driving the Armed Forces Command (AFC) to emphasize the acquisition of secondhand equipment.

    • Jan. 28, 2014
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