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IAI’s De-Briefing System For Blue Flag Exercise Upgraded

Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) has supplied to Israel’s Air Force (IAF) an innovative drill debriefing system, which performs debriefing in record time. The system has been upgraded for the Blue Flag Exercise held in Israel in November 2019 with air forces from the USA, Greece, Germany, Italy and Israel.

In this year’s exercise, the debriefing system processed for the first time, data from Israeli and Italian F35 fighters, as well as real-time images of moving targets and air defense launches from a range of systems. IAI’s training solutions will be on display at I/ITSEC exhibition in Orlando, FL, December 2- December 6, 2019 (Booth 1071).

Developed by IAI’s MALAM division based on the EHUD® ACMI system, the debriefing system is unique in its ability to integrate data from a range of training systems of different air forces. Optimized and characterized according to the special requirements of the Israeli air force and the Blue Flag 2019 exercise, the system allows joint training and debriefing of all pilots who participate in the exercise. The debriefing yields a unified air combat view of all participating aircraft and air threats based on the scenarios practiced that are fed into the system’s database to enable full documentation for future insights and learning.

In addition to using the debriefing system, IAI provided on-demand air practice services and leased an EHUD® ACMI system for use in the combat aircraft of the various nations. IAI training experts supported the implementation of the system.

Jacob Galifat, General Manager of the IAI/MALAM Division, said, “This is the first time we integrate F35 aircraft data with moving targets in the debriefing system, which has been developed and upgraded for the exercise held in Israel. The air training services provided by IAI to multinational drills allow our clients to gain the most from each drill, let alone one of this scope. These capabilities further allow nations that lack the training systems to participate fully in complex exercises and large-scale training. This is another step in the evolution of our long-standing EHUD® system, which is broadly deployed in air forces across the globe”.

Well over 1,800 Ehud air training pods have been supplied to date across the world,

IAI developed the EHUD to address the reality of a  small airspace , multiple enemies and allies entangled and the need for surgical air attacks , like the ones performed in recent years in Syria, mainly against Iranian targets.

EHUD enables live training at the most sophisticated level, including the firing of simulated armaments, real time hit / miss assessments and outstanding debriefing capabilities. According to IAI the EHUD is used with AIM -9L, Hellfire and R73 enclosures: in a range of onboard LRU boxes, in racks designed for ships, utility helicopters and air defense platforms .

The system can be installed in additional enclosures as required , it is designed to be carried by many platforms.  According to IAI , in its fifth generation, EHUD enables smooth transition into the LVC Live Virtual Constructive world because its advanced infrastructure supports embedded constructive entities and simulation sensors ( such as EW threats).The EHUD family is complemented by advanced mobile and fixed ground stations and a complete range of support equipment.

This IAI system is now used by 18 air forces in the world’s important fighter jets : F-15, F-16, F-18, Eurofighter Typhoon, Su-30, Mig 29 and others.

The IAF , has  enhanced the capabilities of its M-346 (LAVI) advanced trainers by adding external fuel tanks . The external fuel tanks addition became feasible after the software blocks of the advanced trainer were upgraded based on a long series of test flights performed by the IAF’s flight test squadron.

The LAVI is being equipped with live bombs to enhance the effect of the advanced training missions of air-ground missions, the type that the Israeli pilots are performing recently in big numbers.

The capability to use all these upgrades is supported by equipping the advanced trainer with EHUD, AACMI system to allow them to perform complicated training scenarios with the forces’ Leonardo M-346 t(LAVI) trainers.

The EHUD is also carried by all the IAF’s fighter aircraft . The IAF has recently ordered more advanced air combat maneuvering instrumentation (AACMI) systems from IAI’s MLAM division.

By Arie Egozi

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