Elbit Systems UK announced that its Joint Fires Synthetic Trainer (JFST) has reached its Initial Operating Capability (IOC).
The simulation technology provides “real-time training for British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel who integrate Joint Fires, including both surface-to-surface and air-to-surface fires.”
The JFST has been operational at the Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill, and the Air Ground Operations School at RAF Leeming since 2022. To date, it has delivered “over 4700 hours of training” and has equipped over 300 service personnel from the British and Allied forces. Among those trained are individuals preparing for immediate front-line deployments.
Five operational systems are currently stationed at Larkhill, including a special armoured version of the trainer. Meanwhile, RAF Leeming’s Air Ground Operations School boasts three systems, two of which are “simulator domes providing 270-degree vision,” ensuring a comprehensive and immersive training experience.
Richard Smart, the Joint Effects Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for JFST, expressed his satisfaction with the project, saying, “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, also commented on the achievement, stating, “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.“