S. Korea adopts new jet fighter pilot training system to upgrade combat capability

By Park Sae-jin Posted : March 31, 2022, 10:50 Updated : March 31, 2022, 10:50

[Courtesy of ROKAF]

SEOUL -- In an effort to replace old equipment introduced in 2002, South Korea has adopted a new training system for jet fighter pilots to improve their aerial combat capabilities by simulating realistic battlefields. 
Air combat maneuvering instrumentation (ACMI) systems record in-flight data and they are often used for training pilots by creating and simulating aerial battlefields. While older ACMI systems rely on ground radars to track and record the position of aircraft, advanced versions used both radar and satellite GPS data to keep track of an aircraft's movement.
The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said that a new ACMI system has been delivered to enhance pilots' aerial combat capabilities. The aerial combat control tower system will keep track of locations, maneuvering information, and other data including munitions status in real-time.
Using three-dimensional maneuvering data, the ground control tower can simulate weapons systems and aerial combat to create realistic training environments. Because the new ACMI system is compatible with the fourth-generation and fifth-generation jet fighters, the South Korean military can use it for joint training operations with the United States and other allies.
"We hope the newly-adopted ACMI to improve pilots' jet fighter control and weapons operation capabilities, as well as their abilities to carry out joint operations," DAPA's space control communication bureau head Chung Kyu-heon said in a statement on March 31.  
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