The Joint Fires Synthetic Trainer (JFST) developed by Elbit Systems UK has achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC).
The JFST provides immersive training using advanced simulation technology for British Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force personnel involved in surface-to-surface and air-to-surface fires. The JFST has been successfully integrated at the Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill, and the Air Ground Operations School at RAF Leeming, delivering over 4700 hours of training since its deployment in 2022. Over 300 service personnel, including those preparing for front-line deployments, have been trained by the JFST.
The Royal School of Artillery has five operational systems in place, including an armoured capability, while the Air Ground Operations School has three systems, including two simulator domes with 270-degree vision.
The UK Joint Air Land Organisation conducted Interim Joint Terminal Attack Controller accreditation in accordance with US and NATO regulations, and full accreditation is expected to be issued after the US and NATO Combined Standardization Team’s visit in November 2023. The open architecture of the JFST enables integration for joint coalition and partner exercises and customization for potential export customers.
Richard Smart, the Joint Effects Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for JFST said: “We are delighted to have worked in close collaboration with DE&S and ESUK to develop and deploy such a highly capable synthetic environment which is a game changer for Joint Fires training.”
Martin Fausset, CEO of Elbit Systems UK said: “This is an important milestone in the delivery of such a complex project. Elbit Systems UK is delighted to have delivered IOC. We look forward to the opportunities and benefits JFST will continue to bring to the UK MOD and our Allies.”