Link 16 PILOT Trainer

PILOT Link 16 Trainer provides ground training to Fighter Pilots with respect to the Link 16 operations. The system allows scripted scenarios to be created and run over the Simulation LAN that generate simulated tactical information, radar and data link tracks, that are displayed to the Trainee.

The System can be connected to a MIDS and provide the ability to communicate with live Link 16 equipped aircraft as a Non-C2 JU, receiving live surveillance and command and control information, while passing it’s simulated tracks uplink.

The system is capable of training the pilots to:

    • Employ the full set of Link16 Air Intercept Control (AIC) capabilities when such control is provided by a Controlling Unit (CU) in accordance with the Sensor-to-C2-to-Shooter concept
    • Employ the full set of Link16 AIC capabilities when no CU is available and control is exercised either by a Flight Leader (FL) or a Mission Commander (MC), depending on the specific mission

Incorporate current concepts such as:

  • NEW- (Network Enabled Weapons

  • 3PS-(Third-Party Targeting Sources)

  • Use Link16 in support of the execution of complex specific scenarios. Each one aiming to meet the objectives of a specific mission.
  • Use Link16 in tasks supported by NPG 11 (Image File Transfer).
  • Employ procedures to operate the MIDS terminal and participate in the Link16 network.

 The following capabilities are accommodated:

    • MIDS and Link16 Network related capabilities

    • Autonomous Link 16 Network operations

    • Interference Protection Feature (IPF)

    • Long Term Transmit Inhibit or Radio Silent status

    • Own A/C Source Track Number Change

    • Link16 Operation related capabilities

    • Initiation/Termination of Control Procedures

    • Handover Procedures

    • Mission Assignment Discreet Reception and Handling

    • Transmission, Reception and Handling of Imagery Messages

    • Designation of Targets with LGB (Laser Guided Bombs)

The PILOT Link 16 Trainer System includes the following subsystems:

    • Pilot Trainee Position subsystem

    • Instructor Controller Position subsystem

    • Scenario Generator and Control Unit subsystem

    • JU Simulation subsystem

    • Network Simulation subsystem

    • Intercom subsystem

The configuration of the system is depicted in Figure 1.





PILOT Link 16 Trainer System Diagram

The system has the capacity to simultaneously train up to eight pilots in individual or team modes of operation.

Each Trainee Pilot position is equipped with a Human Machine Interface (HMI) that closely resembles the Link16 cockpit display aboard the aircraft. On the cockpit display, the trainee views the tactical information reported by the Link16 network and simulated sensor data, and can interact with the controls available on the cockpit display, which are used when employing Link16 during a mission.

PILOT Link 16 Trainer generates a scenario-based simulated real time tactical picture. It simulates a number of C2 JUs and Non-C2 JUs that exchange messages on a simulated Link16 network, based on their simulated sensors and location.

In addition, PILOT Link 16 Trainer provides positions for two instructors that can act as controllers in order for the trainee pilots to practice collaborating with them, and a Scenario Administrator Position that has functions to create, edit and execute scenarios to simulate a real world tactical picture in real time.

All Trainee Pilots and Instructor Controller positions are equipped with an Intercommunication system that allows them to establish and exchange voice communication.

The system supports an interface to a MIDS terminal to exchange messages with a live Link16 network. It also provides voice interfaces to connect to a MIDS Voice control panel (if supported by the MIDS terminal).



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