SHAH ALAM: During Cope Taufan 2014, RMAF uses its own self-developed Command and Control system for the exercise. The USAF also brought its deployable system for the exercise but it was not used.
Dzirhan Mahadzir reported in the Star.
“Exercise director RMAF Col Suri Mohamad Daud, a fighter pilot himself, stressed that air combat was only one part of Cope Taufan 2014: “Anyone can go up in a plane and fly but coordinating everything between the two different air forces and the experience gained from doing so is the more important part of it.”
Col Suri stated that a vital element was the RMAF’s home-built Command and Control System which was put together for the exercise and able to tie in all the aircraft, bases and radar stations involved. This was a complex task. given that the aircraft were dispersed among four RMAF airbases – Butterworth, Subang, Kuantan and Gong Kedak – and the aerial exercises took place all over Peninsular Malaysia, with over 400 sorties flown in the exercise period (a sortie is defined as a flight by one aircraft).”
At Cope Taufan 2016, with Col Suri either retired or moved on to other duties, it cannot be confirmed whether RMAF’s own C2 system was used or not.
Instead the USAF used the deployable training system for the first time based on the USAF article below.
‘JDEWR first for RMAF”
Pilots use electronic warfare to simulate training scenarios, but they don’t get to decide who they shoot down when they are up there. A team on the ground controls a system called the Joint Deployable Electronic Warfare Range (JDEWR), which controls the scenario. Cope Taufan 16 marks the first time the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has had the chance to use it.
“We are bringing electronic warfare and surface to air threat that is not available here,” said John Karish, 353rd Combat Training Squadron’s, Range Engineer. “The RMAF right now does not have the capability to accomplish that part of their training.”
The JDEWR was developed to expand Pacific Air Force’s training capabilities to a broader audience. JDEWR, a mobile Electronic Warfare oriented autonomous platform, is a system of systems that provides tactical-level training to participants in live training events around the world.
“What we are bringing to the fight is that ground to air defense part, for the Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses players. They have to come in, take them down and not pass those (enemy threats) that they would have otherwise,” said Karish.
During Cope Taufan 14, there were only talks of the JDEWR system and due to limited RMAF capabilities, they were unable to incorporate the system.
“We had some achievements, but it was minimal level achievements at best,” said Maj. Damian Sendhan Sebastian, JDEWR rep for the RMAF. “We have now built up beyond that stage.”
Cope Taufan 16 has provided more opportunities to the RMAF for more hands on training and participation.
“We have additional operators from the RMAF who are learning to use the JDEWR system and as previously we were only observing… now we have aircraft which are directly engaging the JDEWR system, in addition to more aircraft and more platforms…hopefully everyone comes out with more training and a better understanding of electronic warfare,” said Sebastian.
CT 16 allows for an exchange of techniques and procedures to enhance interoperability and cooperation between U.S. and Royal Malaysian Airmen, and the outcome has been a positive one.
“We have a very good professional working relationship with all levels…crew, aircrew, ground crew, technical staff, and even the civilian contractors,” said Sebastian. “The advisors to the JDEWR here have been most helpful, are very open to the system and we have good and positive learning outcomes from all levels.”
Cope Taufan 16 ended on Friday (July 29) but as I had mentioned before, it was a low key event for the RMAF, we might not get any information about it apart from those released by USAF.
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