Equipped with a total of ten command posts, the new next-generation simulator is capable of providing soldiers with flexibility and frequency needed for training with the Patriot system, while eliminating the requirement for travelling to the US for training programmes.
Replicating command posts in the Patriot command and control centre, the simulator also features a special instruction post to enable operators to control different simulated scenarios.
Air Defense Staff Doctrine and Training Branch head lieutenant colonel Gershon Zlotnik said the training centre is also expected to facilitate networking with the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) other training systems, including flight simulators in the future.
Resulting connectivity is likely to enable a combat pilot to conduct joint training with a Patriot operator, Zlotnik added. The operators will be trained to identify and quickly intercept enemy targets, such as aircraft and missiles intruding Israeli airspace, during training sorties.
An advanced Arrow missile defence system training centre is also scheduled to be fielded by the Air Defense Command at the same installation in the near future.
Manufactured by Raytheon, the MIM-104 Patriot is an advanced, high-velocity, hit-to-kill air defence missile designed to defeat incoming tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs), cruise missiles, aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with direct, body-to-body impact under all weather conditions.
Currently in service with 12 nations worldwide, including the US, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Netherlands and Saudi Arabia, the missile has also proved its effectiveness during the Iraq conflict in 2003.
Image: The IDF Air Defense Command’s new advanced Patriot training centre. Photo courtesy of Israel Defense Forces.