Another Fascinating Technology Seen At I/ITSEC 2008!
It is one thing to simulate an aircraft, it is another to be able to not only simulate the vehicle but allow a full simulation of the mission that vehicle may be asked to undertake.
According to SAIC, flight mission trainers are efficient and effective training devices that can help junior pilots acquire flying skills and help experienced pilots become familiar with new operating procedures associated with collective mission training. Science Applications International Corporation’s (SAIC) new air mission trainer (AMT) is based on our virtual trainer product line. The AMT establishes a flexible technical baseline that can easily support the implementation of both fixed- and rotary-wing flight variants. The AMT immerses the student in a rich and dynamic synthetic environment with more than 20 specific geographic locations and 40 real-world airfields. The AMT is a network simulator that can link pilots together to fly in the same airspace. Ground simulators, such as the common driver trainer (CDT), also can be integrated into the same battlespace, providing the platform to conduct mission training in a joint environment.
The first variant implemented in the AMT program is the rotary-wing variant (RWV). The RWV uses a high-fidelity, rotary-wing cab that simulates the Bell 206/OH 1 family of helicopters. It is mounted on a full-motion, six-degree-of-freedom platform that provides additional stimuli as participants execute their collective and command-and-control tasks. The AMT provides the means to conduct more effective and focused training, while reducing training costs and overcoming training area, weather and time constraints. Additional synergy can be achieved by integrating multiple air and ground virtual trainers, as well as computer-generated forces to provide effective mission training in a joint environment.
• Provides mission training in various environmental, light and weather conditions
• Facilitates mission training in scores of real-world locations through its robust synthetic environment
• Can link to other simulations, including
- Additional AMTs and RWVs
- Other AMT variants
- CDT ground variants
- Semi-automated forces (SAF)
- Any distributed interactive simulation (DIS)-compliant simulation
• Provides the means to conduct effective and focused training, while reducing training costs
• Reduces the impact of training area, weather and time constraints
• Can be integrated with individual mission trainers, providing the synergy to conduct individual mission training, as well as
command and control in a joint operating environment
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BattleSpace is now available!
The evidance shows it is real.
It was a German army EMT Luna tactical UAV and Ariana Afghan Airlines Airbus A300B4 Kabul.
I labeled a few reference points for comparison.
Near misses between UAVs and airliners prompt NATO low-level rules review
Incidents between UAVs and helicopters in Afghanistan and Iraq prompt action
NATO is studying options for improving low-level airspace co-ordination in operational areas in response to an increasing number of proximity incidents involving manned aircraft and unmanned air vehicles.
The study, being run by NATO's Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) as part of research into improved UAV integration into NATO force structures, follows at least three incidents involving UAVs and helicopters in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001.
This close call between an airliner and a Luna UAV over Kabul highlighted a growing risk
Study co-ordinator Brig Gen Elia Baldazzi, JAPCC assistant director capabilities, says incidents giving rise to NATO concerns also include a near miss between an Ariana Afghan Airlines Airbus A300B4 with over 100 passengers and a German army EMT Luna tactical UAV. Flight International has obtained an animation sequence of images taken from the Luna's daylight camera (pictured above). The incident occurred over Kabul on 30 August 2004.
"Due to the failure of the air traffic control tower to follow standard procedures, the two aircraft nearly occupied the same airspace at the same time. With a bit of luck the pilot avoided the crash," says Baldazzi, who reveals that the aircraft missed each other by less than 50m (164ft). The airliner's wake turbulence caused the UAV to crash.
"Airspace in combat areas is becoming increasingly crowded," Baldazzi says. "The block of airspace from the surface up to 3,000ft is particularly crowded with small UAVs and helicopters. In south-west Asia there have been three collisions between UAVs and helicopters." The need for improved arrangements is also being driven by restrictions being placed on military UAV usage in emergency relief and humanitarian operations by civil regulators.
The problem is expected to become more pressing as NATO member nations increase their UAV fleets, says Baldazzi, who adds: "Currently 15 of NATO's 26 nations have unmanned systems in their inventories and the number is expected to grow." There are around 775 UAVs operating in Afghanistan and Iraq and this number is expected to climb as the conflicts continue.
Traditional approaches to airspace deconfliction in battlefield areas are based on establishing restricted zones, assigning operational boxes and using ceiling limits determined on the basis of aircraft type. This has created problems, Baldazzi says, particularly in "friend or foe identification, especially where the battlespace is not linear such as in Afghanistan.
"We cannot afford deconflicted airspace," he says. "We have too many aircraft that can fly at too many different altitudes; they are operated by too many nations and by too many different services. So we must become integrated."
Thanks to some clues people have given me I have been able to find more info and articles confirming the story
The Phalanx CIWS advanced radar-controlled gun system provides superior defense against close-in air and surface threats.
The Phalanx Close-In Weapon System is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled, radar-guided gun system designed to defeat anti-ship missiles and other close-in air and surface threats. A self-contained package, Phalanx automatically carries out functions usually performed by multiple systems -- including search, detection, threat evaluation, tracking, engagement, and kill assessment.
Phalanx Block 1B, the latest upgrade, with its surface mode configuration, augments the proven anti-air warfare capability by adding a forward looking infrared sensor and optimized gun barrels to the Block 1A configuration. It allows Phalanx to be used against littoral warfare threats such as helicopters and high-speed surface threats. Block 1B also adds new control stations with situational awareness that allows operators to visually track and identify targets before engagement.
Phalanx is installed on practically all U.S. combatant ships and on those of 22 allied nations.
The SeaRAM Anti-Ship Missile Defense System provides the highest level of ship self-defense with extended keep-out range capability.
The SeaRAM Anti-Ship Missile Defense System is a spiral development of key attributes of the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System and the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Guided Weapon System. SeaRAM is designed to extend the inner layer battlespace and enable the ship to effectively engage multiple high-performance, supersonic and subsonic threats.
An 11-missile RAM launcher assembly replaces Phalanx's 20mm gun. SeaRAM combines RAM's superior accuracy, extended range and high maneuverability with the Phalanx Block 1B's high resolution search-and-track sensor systems and reliable quick-response capability.
SeaRAM is an affordable capability upgrade ---- the above-deck system fits the exact footprint of the Phalanx, uses the same power, and requires minimal shipboard modification.