From 25th to 27th July 2017, the Italian Joint Air Operation School, IT- JAOS (Scuola di Aerocooperazione – SAC) located at Guidonia Air Force Base, nearby Rome, requested the support of Subject Matter Experts (SME) from the European Personnel Recovery Centre (EPRC) to conduct a trial activity in order to explore the use of an existing Simulation Centre at the IT-JAOS for its usability to train Personnel Recovery operators. The Simulation Centre is using high end PCs to run a simulation software called Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS-3). This software is in use by a multitude of militaries around the globe for virtual training.
Under the supervision of Dr. Claudio TARASCHI, Business Developer of Bohemian Interactive Simulations, the producer of VBS-3, four workstations were added to the existing set-up at the School. This expansion made it possible to train up to ten people in an immersive virtual environment in which procedural and communication techniques were rehearsed.
The personnel attending these trials had a multitude specializations in order to create a useful PR Task Force that would be the vehicle for the test. Following, the Italian ‘Centro di Eccellenza Aeromobili a Pilotaggio Remoto’ of Amendola (Centre of Excellence for Remote Aerial Vehicle) and the Italian Air Force sent personnel to Guidonia in addition to the EPRC personnel and of the IT-JAOS VBS 3 experts. During the 4-day tests, this group explored various approaches to build virtual environments which would allow the practice of Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) in the pursuit of conducting PR. The focus was on the conduct of basic training as well as the simulation of situations that are not easily replicable in real environments.
The experiment conducted at the IT JAOS proved that a Simulation Centre using VBS-3 would be an effective, efficient, and affordable solution to train a wide range of selected activities for dissimilar actors in their particular Personnel Recovery role in order to prepare them for further training activities as well as to enhance the effects of the training continuum.
The IT-JAOS developed a NATO certified Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training program using a VBS-3 Simulator Centre since February 2015. This is only one of the various and different courses the School is able to deliver, some of which are already open to EDA, NATO and PfP Nations.