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CAE has an extensive track record of successfully delivering high quality, complex training systems to armies around the world.  CAE is an industry leading expert in the provision of indirect fire trainers for artillery and mortar fire control, which is now complemented by the Immersive-Forward Air Controller (I-FACS) for forward air controllers and the comprehensive joint fires team trainers.

Forward Observation Training Systems

CAE INFRONT 3D is CAE's latest generation of our family of artillery training systems.  This latest generation CAE INFRONT 3D system has benefited from a wide range of enhancements incorporated in response to requests from the specialist artillery training community.

CAE INFRONT 3D is a field-proven, instructor-led, computer-based training system that provides initial and continuation training for forward observation officers (FOOs) and forward air controllers (FACs) in the delivery of artillery fire, mortar fire and close air support onto a variety of targets.

The CAE INFRONT 3D training system is available as a classroom trainer or as a deployable system.

The CAE INFRONT 3D classroom trainer features two high-performance CAE Medallion™-6000 image generators that create the visual training scenario in real time by merging the 3D visual database with 3D targets and ordnance effects. An integrated sound system uses digitized ammunition and target sound effects to present student observers with realistic aural cues.

The CAE INFRONT 3D deployable system is designed to be easily transported to where training is required and to be rapidly set-up and ready for use with minimal demands on facilities or infrastructure.

CAE's Warrior observation post vehicle (OPV) indirect fire crew trainers are in-service with the UK Ministry of Defence. Each of the five systems consist of the three containerized simulated Warrior interiors and expandable containerized instructor and debrief facility containing three instructor operator system (IOS) consoles. The system is fully distributed interactive simulation (DIS) compatible for collective training. Vehicle mock-up consists of a high-fidelity turret compartment and a full replica driver's compartment with a realistic range of controls, gauges, and instruments. The rear compartment is used for communications and man portable surveillance and target acquisition radar (MSTAR).

Forward Air Controller Training Systems

The CAE Immersive-Forward Air Controller (I-FACS) system is designed to ensure accreditation is achievable and that meaningful forward air controller training can be conducted in the most cost-effective manner. The system is formulated entirely from commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components, offering state-of-the-art simulation and visualization performance.

The I-FACS system comprises off-the-shelf hardware and software components that are proven through current and previous deployments across the globe. This provides a low risk solution that can be delivered in a very short timescale.  The I-FACS system has no import restrictions, including ITAR issues, and benefits from reuse of existing assets such as terrain databases and model content.

Joint Fires Team Training Systems

The CAE Joint Fires Team Trainer is capable of providing comprehensive synthetic-based skills and procedures training and practice in the control of ground, air, and surface assets on an individual level through to a fully coordinated joint fires team.  The system uses a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) synthetic environment which supports precision training in tactical requirements, procedures and processes. It emulates a real mission environment with assets (ground, air and surface-based) together with both form fit function and emulated fires team equipment.

All manned positions in the system give an accurately representative view point for both trainee and operators.  The entities being controlled will return viewpoints that replicate the real-life viewpoints in terms of relative size, position and interaction with all other environmental features and entities. Available terrains can include geo-specific areas so that coordinates, bearings and distances that are extracted from mapping are fully correlated within the simulated environment. The system supports urban, desert, woodland, coastal, and arctic environments using a selection of day optic, infra-red and night vision sensors. The environment includes a full range of weather and visibility effects which can be fully controlled by the instructor. Additionally, the environment accurately reflects time of day including position of celestial bodies and correct shadow and lighting effects.

The following tasks can be trained, practiced and improved within the joint fires trainer:

  • Team collaboration;
  • Observation and target location;
  • Battlefield surveillance;
  • Call, direct and manage fire (support);
  • Cooperation with higher command levels;
  • Use of airborne systems in line with Close Air Support (CAS) and deployment of attack helicopters in line with Close Combat Attack (CCA) and use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for intelligence and target location;
  • Forward air controller (FAC) proficiency.