From September 9 to 20, 2019, personnel from Royal Canadian Air Force’s Aurora CP-140 fleet participated Exercise Coalition Virtual Flag (CVF) 19-4, which is led by the United States Air Force (USAF). More than 450 joint and coalition warfighters, located at 23 sites and on three different continents, participated.
Canadian participants used the Aurora Procedure Crew Trainer (PCT) mission simulator located in 404 Long Range Patrol and Training Squadron’s Thorney Island Simulation Centre at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, to participate in the virtual exercise.
Using Distributed Mission Training (DMT) architecture, the PCT was connected to dozens of combat mission and flight simulators throughout Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. The exercise was hosted by the 705th Combat Training Squadron (CTS) at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.
“Coalition Virtual Flag is an opportunity for our coalition and joint partners to get together. It’s a theatre-level exercise that we can practice our tactics, techniques and procedures,” explained the United States Air Force’s Lieutenant-Colonel Angela Messing, commander of 705th CTS. “It takes place in the virtual and simulated world with environment generators that replicate the exact threats that we’re facing.”
Canadian planning for the annual complex, joint warfare simulation started almost a year ago, with 404 Squadron’s modeling and simulation experts working closely with the Royal…