MASS simulation supports Exercise GRIFFIN FALCON 18
Defence and security specialist MASS has run a simulation-based training programme in support of the UK Joint Force Air Component Headquarters (JFAC HQ) Exercise GRIFFIN FALCON 18 (Ex GF18).
For the uninitiated, Ex GF18 took place 6-12 September 2018. The aim was to train the standing UK JFAC HQ core and augmented workforce in Air Command and Control (C2) to better meet the needs of an evolving defence landscape.
Crucially, the exercise also prepared JFAC HQ staff for potential missions in support of UK and coalition operational and training commitments. Though the primary focus was the operational aspects of Air C2, the exercise was also supported by elements of the Land and Maritime HQ’s who provided a vital cross-component interface.
JFAC HQ requested that MASS provide simulation support for Ex GF18 to achieve the right level of realism. Essential to the exercise’s delivery was the MASS/JWST-provided simulation system which incorporated details of the joint force elements participating in the exercise to offer a realistic, scalable, pan-component representation of joint operations.
“MASS has been supporting JFAC HQ since 2001 and we are delighted to once again facilitate an important JFAC HQ training event and help provide a realistic exercise solution for UK Defence. Initial feedback from the JFAC on Ex GF 18 has been extremely positive,” said Steve Townsend, Head of Training Support Group at MASS.
“It’s fitting that the event took place in the centenary year of the RAF. During the exercise the JFAC HQ reverberated with commands and directions, some of which would have been familiar with airmen over the past 100 years, as aircraft were vectored to engage contemporary threats and challenges. Through innovative, advanced training and simulation, air forces can ensure they address new and ever more demanding threats.”
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