US, UK, Australia and Canadian air forces conduct Coalition Virtual Flag exercise

15 September 2016 (Last Updated September 15th, 2016 18:30)

Aircrews from the US, UK, Australia and Canada have recently participated in a virtual air combat exercise, Coalition Virtual Flag 16 (CVF16).

Aircrews from the US, UK, Australia and Canada have recently participated in a virtual air combat exercise, Coalition Virtual Flag 16 (CVF16).

The joint, multi-national air combat training exercise was hosted by the US Air Force. Participating forces were trained together in distributed, integrated live-virtual-constructive (LVC) exercise.

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) were supported by CAE as they participated in the exercise.

CAE Group president Gene Colabatistto said: "These kinds of distributed mission training exercises, often involving both live and virtual assets, are becoming more critical as militaries and coalition partners look to cost-effectively prepare for operations and maintain readiness.

"CAE brings a great deal of expertise and experience as a training systems integrator to help enable defence forces to conduct distributed mission operations and increasingly leverage more virtual training as part of these exercises."

The RCAF's 426 Squadron at 8 Wing Trenton and the Canadian Forces Air Warfare Centre (CFAWC) were assisted by CAE during CVF16.

The exercise saw RCAF's 426 Squadron flying a CAE-built CC-130J full-mission simulator.

During the event, aircrew from the RCAF performed a wide range of airland and airdrop missions, including the insertion of Special Operations Forces (SOF) assets.

"CAE brings a great deal of expertise and experience as a training systems integrator to help enable defence forces to conduct distributed mission operations."

CAE's computer-generated forces software provided added realism by generating numerous enemy virtual threats, such as SU-27 fighters and ground-based surface-to-air missiles, as well as a range of friendly forces.

The RAAF's CAE-built C-130J full-flight mission simulator (FFMS) along with a C-130J tactical airlift crew trainer (TACT), both located at RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales, participated in CVF16.

CAE said it supported the integration, networking and testing of the FFMS and TACT into the exercise.


Image: Servicemen from the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force. Photo: courtesy of CAE.