AirCom®

Cost Effective Support for Air Combat Training

AirCom® is a complete package of stand-alone hardware and software to enable operators to get the most training value from each combat training or operational sortie. It is equally effective for fixed wing combat training, helicopter operations and dissimilar combat training.

It is designed enable every training and operational fixed wing or helicopter squadron to acquire their own air combat debriefing facility and thereby complement the use of expensive and limited, instrumented ranges, pods, telemetry and ground stations.

AirCom® has been designed by a team of experienced air combat instructors as a cost-effective, squadron level, de-briefing tool to provide the features needed for the effective analysis of a complex, air-combat, mission.

SOFTWARE FEATURES:

  • Call sign, lat-long, alt, airspeed, heading, angles, accelerations, vector from aircraft to user-defined bullseye
  • Vectors from a chosen shooter to a chosen target are all user selectable
  • Full missile and gun modeling including missile modeling in flight, to give an accurate PK
  • Replay toolbar allows replay of full mission for up to 6 aircraft
  • Play, pause, fast forward and fast backwards
  • Cockpit video correlated in real time with the recorded data
  • Drawing objects including threat domes, airways, combat floor etc.
  • Full 3D replay of the sortie with 3D aircraft models in livery or selectable colours

AirCom® software integrates data and video from each aircraft using the GPS time base and displays each aircraft, and their relationship to one-another and to a bullseye, in a high resolution, 3D display.  The operator is able to insert ground to air threat domes, airways, danger areas etc. and also represent visually the floor to a training exercise.

The user is able to select from pre-programmed, generic weapons or insert detailed weapon parameters to create a secure, operational package. AirCom® is therefore able to predict very accurate PK results from a shooting opportunity.

Data and Combat Parameters are supported by the use of a cockpit-mounted, GPS-equipped video camera.  After the sortie, the recorded data from all aircraft and cameras is downloaded into the PC-based, AirCom® software where it is automatically time-correlated and synchronised.

Data, including all flight parameters, are recorded using a small, rugged, custom – designed, hardware unit that combines an Inertial Navigational Unit, a high sensitivity GPS receiver and advanced Kalman filtering algorithms to provide highly accurate analysis of the aircraft position, velocities, attitude and accelerations.  The recorders are powered by an internal battery and data are recorded to an on-board, flash memory The small recorders make no transmissions and are placed in the cockpit of each aircraft where they are completely isolated from all of the aircraft systems.

The accuracy of the recorded data also enables AirCom® to be used to train operational pilots how to manage energy effectively and use optimum manoeuvring techniques.