The term EO/IR when applied to a sensor refers to the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that the sensor is using to produce the image.
ASG Sensor Academy
ASG Sensor Academy, an AeroSimulators wholly owned subsidiary, provides training for the operators of airborne, ground-based or maritime Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensor systems and equipment. The training courses provide structured and comprehensive training in all aspects of sensor operations, from basic theory to operational employment of the vehicle or sensor. Targeted training is available for numerous systems and operational missions and is delivered by experienced operators who have strong military or law enforcement backgrounds. Course structures have been developed by an experienced and qualified course design team and utilize a blended training format employing Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM)-conformant e-learning courseware and Computer Based Training (CBT) as well as instructor led lessons utilizing appropriate simulation equipment. The company ethos is to deliver the training that the customer needs, and, to that end, each course is tailored to fulfil the customer’s specific requirements.
The structure that is employed by the company is designed to provide an end-to-end solution for the customer who requires a full training system, utilizing a Learning Management System (LMS) that allows the customer to manage, track and process their students’ training, qualification and currency, control access to the course/curriculum data, implement CBT and e-learning and provide asset/program control. Through this blended solution, customers can access any part of the training structure depending on their requirements and budgetary constraints. Our aim is to create an “intelligent operator” who will interact with an informed mission control staff ensuring a successful mission outcome.
E-learning can be used to establish the input standards of a student prior to commencing training, as well as providing students with pre-learning packages. It can also provide psychometric and hand-eye control evaluation to help ascertain the student’s potential suitability as a system operator.
Instructor Led Training
Instructor-led training is the most important element in the training program, allowing operators to move beyond knowing how their systems operate to how to operate the system and achieve success in their missions. The point of delivery can be at the customer’s facilities; however, if there is no suitable training facility, ASG Sensor Academy has a residential training center that can accommodate up to six (6) students. This training element provides course flexibility, allowing adjustment of the end user’s requirements regarding system type, platform type and general operational tasking requirements.
Computer Based Training (CBT) has been hailed as the best way to train whilst saving on the cost and logistics of using an instructor and training premises. However, CBT must be provided in context, and its use in a blended training program provides benefits without compromising the quality of the training. CBT is used to consolidate lessons, provide revision for the student and refresh those who have already graduated to operational units. It is also used for assessment, if required, and to keep operators aware of the ever-developing practices and tactics employed by operational units. Access to training resources through a Learning Management System (LMS) provides the efficient management of continuation or recurrent training.
The function, operation and employment of systems use a similar thread across military, law enforcement and civilian operators. With customer consultation, the courses can be delivered to satisfy end user training needs whether they operate fixed or rotary wing platforms, or if the systems are being used on ground or maritime vehicles. With the ever-expanding field of UAV operations, the benefits of training for both the system operator and weapons officer can be catered for.
Electro-optic and Infrared (EO/IR)
The theory of EO/IR course is designed to explain a functional theory of EO and IR and the impact on the performance of the sensor. The knowledge gained will inform the operator and tasking officers to the limitations of the sensor and how the time of day and environmental conditions can impact a task. Equally, the course considers what can be done to mitigate problems should they be encountered during the mission. The second element to the course is the practical use of EO and IR and includes IR effects which allow the operator to compile a statement of activity of the target. It will also instruct the operator on the analysis of Full Motion Video images and what they can and cannot expect from their sensor.
Practical Functionality of an EO/IR System
Full system functionality can be delivered and consolidated using the AeroSimulators’ Gimbal Imaging System Trainer (GIST). When delivered by experienced operators, the students receive more operator relevant knowledge of the system’s functionality. This can be delivered prior to the arrival of the live system and will allow the operator to become familiar with the controls and functions of the system whilst developing muscle memory of the controller. This ground based training ensures that the operator is comfortable operating the system prior to operating in the aircraft and will undoubtedly produce a saving in flying hours.
Operational Mission Training
Operational Mission Training is designed to educate the operator on how to use a system once its functionality has been learnt. The training covers a combination of theory and practical exercises on the missions the operator is most commonly employed in. There is a wide spectrum of missions that a unit can be exposed to, and here the experience of the instructors can inform the operators and tasking officers as to what to expect and how to deal with a developing situation. All the practical scenarios are tailored to the mission profile of the customer.
Scenario Construction Training/Delivery
The training delivery is a combination of theory and practice with the practical element delivered on our simulators. The key to the success of synthetic training is to ensure that it is integrated into the customer’s training regime and, in turn, requires convincing scenarios that are representative of the customer’s mission profile. We provide training in how to construct realistic and relevant scenarios. However, if the unit does not have the personnel or time to construct them, we will build scenarios to their requirements.
Training can be provided on associated equipment such as mapping systems, lasers and downlink to ensure that this equipment is used to optimal effect.
Should the existing courses not cover the customer’s specific requirements, or if additional elements need to be added, our experienced staff can design bespoke training to match any training requirement, from basic ab initio training to fully assessed continuation training for the front line operator. The training design is not limited to the system operator; after consultation with the customer, training programs can be constructed for the maintenance staff, pilots operating with the system and the command and control teams.
Training is supported for many systems and each course will be delivered to the customer’s requirements. However, if the customer has yet to define their training requirements, ASG Sensor Academy can, in consultation with the customer, propose a training profile. The customer will be provided with a Training Performance Statement (TPS) which outlines the training to be covered.
All course structures are adaptable and tailored to meet the customer’s requirements. Training can be accessed from one of the following course options. As the structure is modular, any combination is available depending on the customer’s requirement.
Train the Trainer Course
We design and build courses for the customer’s specific needs. The course and all the associated literature will be delivered to the customer’s training team, after which any further training will be delivered by their trainers using their equipment.
Customer Training Course
We design and build courses to the customer’s specific needs and deliver the training on the customer owned equipment. Additional training can be delivered as and when required.
ASG Sensor Academy Delivered Training Course
We design and build courses for the customer’s specific needs and deliver the training on equipment supplied by ASG Sensor Academy. Additional training can be delivered as and when required.
ASG Sensor Academy can provide customers with a comprehensive, structured and targeted training program covering all aspects of operating an airborne EO/IR surveillance system. Equally it will support a unit at any stage of its operation from the initial setup to the continuation training and development of its operators and control staff. The cost, breakdown of the training objectives and training categories/levels for each course is available upon request from ASG Sensor Academy.
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