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QinetiQ: and Inzpire Limited design and deliver innovative demonstration of synthetic formation capability concept to Royal Navy

ByJanice K. Merrill

Mar 30, 2022

A team of experts from QinetiQ and Inzpire have concluded delivery of a Platform Enabled Training Capability (PETC) concept demonstration to the Royal Navy.

The demonstration, which ran from 21 February to 24 February, provided synthetic training for HMS KENT’s warfare team directly in the ship’s operations room.

Using secure communication links from the Portsdown Technology Park, QinetiQ generated a synthetic training environment which, through its advanced sensor emulators, was directly integrated into the ship’s combat system. The exercise was then coordinated and led by experts from Inzpire’s maritime and collective training divisions, to generate an operational scenario that the ship’s team could interact with using its own on-board systems.

To ensure the training met Navy requirements, the team worked in conjunction with members of the Fleet Operational Sea Training organization, to ensure the ship’s team was immersed in a training mission. realistic in a representative environment, with precise geography and relevant threats.

QinetiQ and Inzpire established an exercise control facility that included a dynamically controlled synthetic training environment, threat modeling and secure communications for voice, satellite and tactical data links, leveraging infrastructure and extensive capabilities already present at Portsdown Technology Park. A suite of sensor emulations interfaced with the ship’s combat system to safely present the complex, immersive and interactive training scenario to the public in their own operating environment.

Inzpire personnel designed the exercise scenarios which included asymmetric threats, escorting high value units, as well as more complex surface and air warfare situations; the preparation phase included research into real-world threats and geographic considerations to ensure the training was as realistic as possible. Inzpire also provided operational personnel during the training delivery phase and event data was captured for replay, objective analysis and after action review – a crucial part of any training event.

The demonstration was attended by a cross section of Royal Navy personnel, including Director of Force Generation, Rear Admiral Moorhouse; Director of Force Development, Rear Admiral Parkin; and Deputy Director of Future Training, Commodore Andy Cree.

Christina Balis, Global Campaign Director, Training and Mission Rehearsal at QinetiQ, said: “This demonstration marks a critical achievement for the Navy’s future synthetic training capability and has highlighted the power of collaboration between Royal Navy, QinetiQ and Inzpire to ensure successful delivery.

Nick Borbone, Head of Inzpire’s Marine Division, said: “The use of synthetics is increasingly critical to training effectiveness and operational efficiency. This demonstration is a significant step on the way of delivering realistic training to ships and task forces where and when they need it.”

The Navy’s future training chief, Captain Dan Vincent, said, “This demonstration represents a significant milestone for the future of naval collective training and Defense (Maritime) operational training capability. It shows that the technology is feasible and underscores the importance of synthetics in getting the right training capability directly onto frontline warships.”

Platform Enabled Training Capability (PETC)

PETC is part of the larger Defense Operational Training Capability (Maritime) (DOTC(M)) program which will allow ships’ crews to train together from their own operations rooms. Learn more about PETC here.

About Inzpire Limited

Founded in 2005 and part of QinetiQ Plc, Inzpire is an award-winning provider of advanced defense training, technical services and state-of-the-art mission systems. The company is a trusted UK MOD partner and employs highly experienced ex-military personnel who work alongside defense engineers and business professionals to deliver operationally credible solutions to customers in the military, private and public.

Inzpire Marine Division

Inzpire’s maritime experts work seamlessly alongside the company’s collective training division and have designed and delivered over 300 live and synthetic exercises and provided operationally realistic training to over 10,000 personnel. front line. Together the teams worked with the Royal Navy to support JTEPS Joint Warrior events, fleet operational sea training for the Type 45 Destroyer Mission Rehearsal and pre-deployment training for the UK Carrier Strike Group.

Images: Stewart Turkington