NETS

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NETS
Real-world, Synthetic Training

NETS is a networked, synthetic, training environment for air forces to train both ground and airborne personnel in their own specialties and then work together as an integrated team in an environment that emulates real-world operations.

Cost-effective Operational Training

Air forces are turning to well-executed synthetic training to deliver significant cost benefits, such as:

• Saving the cost of aircraft hours, fuel and maintenance.

• Removing the reliance on serviceable aircraft, good weather or available airspace

NETS takes synthetic training one step further by integrating all the elements of the training into an integrated and networked environment.

NETS is an "AOC-Centric" training system

NETS places the AOC at the heart of the training program. NETS supports operation training, including large force exercises, with a suite of tools to support the complete learning process from mission planning to mission execution, including:

• An Air Operations Centre (AOC)

• Ground Control Interception (GCI)

• Airborne Warning and Control (AWACS)

• Flight simulation

• Mission Planning

• Sortie de-briefing

Combined Air Operations Centre

NETS synthetic training environment is centred around an AOC, which is designed to emulate a Regional AOC.



AWACS

The AWACS simulation emulates the functions of all seats in an AWACS crew.

Mission Simulators

NETS Mission Simulators use generic systems, sensors and weapons for operational training by day and night.

Ground Control Interception

The GCI element is a stand-alone training environment that also integrates with all the other synthetic training elements.
In every mission, there is a complex information flow between ground and airborne controllers, other pilots in the air
and all other assets deployed in the exercise. 

The NETS Federation

The Air Operations Centre (AOC) is at the heart of mission planning and execution, in peacetime and during hostilities. NETS trains students in their own specialities in stand-alone, training environments that can be networked together in federation to train large-force-exercises:

AOC Training

The NETS synthetic training environment is centred around an AOC and supports the planning, integration and monitoring of air operations (the 72-hour cycle), together with the allocation and tasking of air operations. NETS can be set up with real world scenarios or support training through CPXs to Large Force Exercises (LFE).

NETS is designed to enable students to train in divisional teams. For example, in the case of the ATO generation, to train the individual specialists (CAS, Sweep, Strike etc.) work independently and then coordinate their work to integrate each team inputs in the final ATO. The ATO can then be distributed to a Mission Planning System, or operational units as required.

Supporting Applications

NETS includes a range of tools to support AOC training, all developed in-house. These include:

Role-Based Log on: to define personal responsibilities and authorities.

NETS DMS: Document Managing System

NETS chat: Real time text messaging

NETS email: Secure email

NETS comms: Integrated voice communications

NETS ATO: Air Tasking Order Generation Tool

GCI Training

The GCI element is a stand-alone training environment that integrates with the other synthetic training elements. For training purposes, instructors can generate a scenario made up of just 2 aircraft for initial training, or a complex scenario of hundreds of entities for advanced students. NETS enables students to manage the data tracks and provides the user with information on all assets and threats involved in the training environment.

NETS enables a GCI student to start at a very basic level learning the vocabulary and talking to aircraft over the (simulated) radio. NETS can also create a real-world, fully immersive experience which enables students to progress to a full, Fighter Controller Instructor level.

AWACS Training

There are distinct training stations for AWACS crew:
Mission Commander, Links Officer, ESM Officer, Fighter Allocator and Air Battlespace Manager

The AWACS training software can be networked with the flight simulators to create a realistic and immersive training environment for the AWACS crew. The AWACS simulation offers the full functionality of the GCI simulator 
and also incorporates the simulation of electronic emitters and strobes, identifying specific features of a track such as bandwidth and PRF. NETS also includes an Electronic Emitter Identification Aid which allows the user to display a table of ESM Strobes to identify the emitter type.

The AWACS training environment integrates with the AOC and GCI simulations and the flight simulators, so that all personnel can be trained to operate together in Large Force Exercises

The AWACS software can also be networked with flight simulators to create a realistic and immersive training environment for the AWACS crew. NETS gives students the unique opportunity to train to work as a team as they respond to simulated threats. AWACS crews are trained to improve their confidence and communication skills, as they coordinate pilots to engage the threat.

Mission Simulators

The concept of NETS Mission Simulators is to use a generic, easy to fly, low cost, platform with representative systems and sensors to train pilots from different aircraft types on a common, easy to fly, platform. The objective is not to train the student to practice normal or emergency procedures on a specific aircraft type but to train them to manage a variety of different systems and weapons in an operational environment. NETS simulators deliver operational training including:

• Training pilots to work in close cooperation with ground / airborne controllers and other pilots.

• Training pilots Close Air Support operations and air defence tactics using the same hardware and software.

• Training pilots to operate safely at night using Night Vision Goggles without relying on, for example, the phases of the moon and clear skies.
The mission simulators are networked with the AOC, GCI and AWACS training environments in a Federation, either using DIS or HLA, as required, to provide a realistic and cost-effective training for all personnel.

Immersive operational training

NETS is not a simulation tool, but rather an immersive, synthetic, environment that enables instructors to present scenarios, the outcomes of which are dependent on the actions of the students. 

NETS can be used to train students to master the capabilities of the systems they operate, and then to work confidently as a team, in high stress situations.

Near "real-world" Experience

Students learn by experiencing the outcomes flowing from different courses of action as they progress from simple exercises to highly intense, joint, exercises.

Clear Communication

The work cycle of an LFE relies on clear communication at every stage at every stage as Requests for Information are passed up the command chain and orders are passed down. The integrated, NETS Trains students to practice and perfect their interpersonal communication skills.

Confident Decision Making

NETS helps students to develop confidence in their decision-making skills. Students
experience the real time results of their decisions and planning using comprehensive debriefing tools. 

Integrating Live Data

NETS is based on an our experience of developing operational, command and control systems. Live data can be integrated with simulation data, to create a unique and cost-effective Live Virtual Construct (LVC) training environment.
NETS has been designed to work in a secure, off-grid, environment. However, as a result of our experience with the integration of radar systems, weapon systems and support for Network-Centric Operations, NETS can also function in a live environment and be used as a fully operational suite if required. 

 NETS can also be updated to present information in the same formats used in an operational system. This creates a unique capability - to be able to train personnel on the same systems that are used operationally.

Summary

NETS has been designed and developed by specialists to create a training environment as near as possible to the real-world environment. NETS answers the requirements of air forces for integrated training to allow service personnel to train on their own specialty and then work together as a team to support operational training and live exercises.
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