JTAC Simulators (iCASS 240)
The immersive Close Air Support Simulator 240 (iCASS 240) is an accreditable FAC/JTAC simulator in accordance with NATO STANAG 3797 and US JFS ESC MOA. Its principle features are:
- 240 by 120 degree field of view in an immersive dome
- Form Fit Function Laser Target Designator and Laser Range Finder
- Form Fit Function Infra Red Pointer – IZLID
- PRC 117 and 152 Radio Emulation
- Digitally Aided CAS (DACAS) Control Unit
- Multiple Source ISTAR Downlink Receiver
- Instructor Operating Station
- Aircrew / Role Player Operating Station
- After Action Review Software
When you buy an iCASS system you are buying assurance through the NATO and US accreditation process. The CAS team have been through multiple successful simulator accreditations and pre-visits; we will leverage this expertise to ensure you new simulator passes the accreditation with flying colours.
Once accredited you can use your simulator to replace live controls for Qualified FACs/JTACs who are maintaining their annual currency. Currently you can replace 4 out of the required 12 controls with a simulator. However, there are discussions in both the US and NATO to increase this number due to the dwindling availability of air assets for training.
Based on a nation of 100 FAC/JTACs at a cost of £5000 per training jet flying hour and obtaining 2 controls an hour, that is a saving of £1,000,000 annually by replacing 4 controls.
iCASS was delivered to thw UK Joint Forward Air Controller Training and Standardisation Unit in under 4 months from contract award to final acceptance.
Prepare for the future
The iCASS is designed and built by FAC/JTAC instructors and Simulation Requirements managers; we make it our business to look ahead to future requirements and as such have a close relationship with the policy makers for simulator accreditation. The iCASS been built to exceed the current accreditation requirements, such that if more stringent requirements are put into force in order to replace more controls, the iCASS will meet them with ease.
All the pictures in this gallery are taken from an iCASS deployed on Exercise AMPLE STRIKE. The full iCASS was set up within 6 hours and operated for 8 hours a day for the duration of the exercise. It was packed down and removed within 4 hours