ASG Sensor Academy (ASG SA), working with 3SDL, recently delivered a bespoke five week ISR operators’ course to aircrew of the NIGERIAN AIR FORCE (NAF) who operate the ATR-42, DA-42 MPP and King Air 350 aircraft. The course was delivered at ASG SA’s training establishment in Wellingore, Lincolnshire, five minutes from RAF Waddington, the UK military’s ‘ISR Hub’.
3SDL opened the training with a three week ISR Foundation Phase module. ASG SA’s modules followed, and were focussed on mission planning and execution, practising ISR Collect and Exploit aspects in a dynamic and challenging synthetic environment. This Practitioner Phase of the course included Electronic Warfare, Radar, Acoustics, Electro-optics, Infrared Sensors, Crew Resource Management, Meteorology, Communications and Maritime Recognition. In close collaboration with 3SDL, ASG SA led this part of the training using a blended learning approach, incorporating classroom and synthetic training on their range of simulated airborne sensors.
Theory was put into practice during the synthetic phase of training through the use of individual sensor simulators. The course culminated in a series of multi-crew ISR mission scenarios, exercising all aspects of ISR in the airborne environment, including operations, critical decision making, CRM and effective communication.
ASG SA’s ISR expert and course lead instructor has wide experience of multiple aircraft types, both manned and unmanned, in a variety of maritime and overland roles. As an ex-Royal Air Force instructor, he was able to use his Defence Systems Approach to Training (DSAT) knowledge to compile and deliver the training content based on a 3SDL Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and, having completed the RAF’s own QWISR course, was perfectly placed to deliver this training.
For the final two weeks of the ISR course, 3SDL delivered a concurrent Imagery Analysis (IA) course to NAF Intelligence Officers which focussed on the Nigerian oil industry in the riverine, littoral and wider maritime environments. Where possible, the two courses were integrated to achieve specific ISR objectives with IA students collaborating with their aircrew colleagues, pooling their collective knowledge and experience to achieve optimal ISR effectiveness.