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Date posted: 22/05/2007
A new network of interconnected flight simulators on both sides of the Atlantic is intended to train both US and UK air forces on the tactics and manoeuvres of each other?s planes in the hope it will reduce friendly fire engagements where US and UK pilots shoot one another down.
The system allows crews from both sides of the Atlantic to take part in virtual missions without leaving their bases.
It gives crews the opportunity to train in a full motion environment without risking aircraft or crews
As the "distributed simulation demonstrator" was unveiled at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, the MoD insisted minimising "blue-on-blue" attacks was just part of its function.
One hangar at the airbase has been fitted with Typhoon, Tornado GR4 and Awacs cockpit simulators, with a giant screen showing pilots computer-generated battle scenes.
It is still in an experimental phase but Capt Richmond said Royal Air Force personnel who had tested it had been "very enthusiastic".
It is connected via a secure system to simulators at the US Air Force Research Laboratory at Mesa, Arizona.
The missions last between one and two hours, and a joint debriefing using video conferencing can be taken on both sides of the Atlantic.
The simulators have been devised by QinetiQ and Boeing as part of a ?7.8m project.
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