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isolation for individual training or in com- bination to replicate real-life EW opera- tions. This covers the full intelligence cycle fulfilling collective training environments and includes the planning and direction of EW assets (EWMST), the collection and exploitation of communications data (COMETT), the processing, analysis and collation of information (SOI Repository) and the production, dissemination and re- porting of intelligence to commanders via EWMST and messaging tools.
The benefits of networked simulators
The use of simulators for EW training of- fers a multitude of benefits– whether car- ried out by those with EW experience or soldiers who are starting out on their career.
For soldiers new to EW, the combined train- ing setup provides a holistic overview of EW and gives a greater situational awareness of decision making and operational implementa- tion throughout the chain of command.
Simulation training is also extremely beneficial for kinaesthetic learners who learn through practical activities and expe-
“Simulation allows students to fail in safe conditions so they can recognise early warning signs of challenges ahead.”
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riences. Visualising the elec-
tromagnetic environment
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program can demonstrate,
for example, the impact of
adverse weather conditions
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and allow students to train
in real-time and representative real-life sce- narios up to the threshold of failure. This allows students to fail in safe conditions so that they can recognise early warning signs of challenges and become agile, knowledge- able and effective EW operators.
Training of this kind is also essential for more experienced EW operators as the soft- ware provides a safe environment to conduct signal exploitation without intercepting real signals. The software-based RF environment can enhance COMINT skills without being impacted upon by legislation that can con- strain building experience and understand- ing in a non-operational environment.
The future of EW
Realistic EW training in a safe and benign environment is essential to the development
of knowledgeable, experienced and well- rounded EW operators. Allowing operators to gain vital knowledge and experience in realistic settings, EW training and simula- tion software also helps provide wider con- text and understanding of the intelligence cycle and importantly, early awareness of the indicators and warnings of failure.
As both the simulation technology and EW sector moves forward and evolves, we ex- pect equipment manufacturers and software developers to collaborate to develop software tools that are representative of in-field kit. This will enhance the immersive nature of the simulation and make it as realistic as possible for soldiers embracing a career in EW.
Note: Shaun Vickers is the EWOS Business Development Manager at MASS.
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