Continuing and further developing the bi-lateral cooperation regarding the training of Swedish Air Force (SAF) and the Czech Air Force (CZAF) was the main topic that was discussed during a visit of Swedish Air Force Commander MG Micael Bydén to LOM PRAHA Flight Training Centre (CLV) in Pardubice. Bydén was accompanied by BG Jiri Verner, the CZAF Commander and Colonel Libor Stefanik, the CZAF Commander-successor.
These valued visitors were greeted by the Director of Flight Training Centre (CLV) Mr. Pavel Mares and Deputy Director of CLV Tactical Training Mr. Jaroslav Sefl. Presentation and demonstration of training capabilities were carried out by an experienced instructor, former JAS-39 Gripen pilot, Mr. Otakar Prikner.
The biggest interest was sparked by a presentation on Joint Simulated Air Exercise (JSAE) execution possibilities. By connecting the TSC in Pardubice with Swedish Air Force Combat Simulation Centre (FLSC) in Stockholm, the training for up to 16 pilots could be performed. This would significantly contribute to an increase in training efficency, as well as expanding tactical capabilities of the trained pilots.
It has been emphasized during the discussions, that the JSAE would be run under unclassified conditions, thus sharing only non-sensitive information.
Two phases are suggested.The first phase would be conducted by an interconnection on a trial basis in order to verify functionality and the meeting of technical and legal requirements. In the second phase, mutual tactical simulated training drills would be conducted for Czech and Swedish pilots.
The SAF Commander highly appreciated LOM PRAHA´s tactical training capabilities and also the very short time of six months the full establishment of the Tactical Simulation Center took. Both Commanders expressed their interest and their support in preparation of JSAE (Joint Simulated Air Exercise) between Czech and Swedish pilots.
Tactical simulation training provided by LOM PRAHA covers training of various tactical situations and skills devoted to tactical air force pilots. Training is provided by means of modern Tactical simulation centre (located at Pardubice air force base) equipped by the latest technologies allowing visualization and perception close to reality.
In comparison to training in a real aircraft, simulation-based training allows for the training of maneuvers or situations that may be impractical, or even dangerous to perform in the aircraft, while keeping the pilots in a relatively low-risk environment on the ground. Flight simulation also provides an economic advantage over training in a real aircraft. When fuel, weapons, maintenance, flying hours consumption, shooting range/area, and insurance costs are taken into account, the operating costs of our simulation center are substantially lower than the operating costs of a simulated aircraft. For the specific kind of training as BVR or QRA procedures, the operating costs are several times lower for the simulator than for the actual aircraft or its weapons.Parameters such as aircraft/weapons/radar performance can be modified according to request of a customer. Controls and cockpit layout for a different type of aircraft can be modified on the basis of agreement.