Next-generation training for next-generation aircrew
Training for military aircrew is entering a new era. AircrewNext is leading the way
The variety and complexity of aircrews operational challenges are evolving and expanding faster than ever. So truly relevant training must keep them fully informed, enabled to work effectively as a collective capability and ahead of the game.
Blending advanced learning techniques with the latest in training technology and data-driven insight, AircrewNext ensures tomorrow’s aircrews are smarter, faster, better equipped and better prepared. AircrewNext™ is about creating training that is technology and data-enabled, with human performance at the heart of every solution.
Meeting increasing need for speed, agility and focus
It currently takes up to seven years – and considerable commitment and expense – to train aircrew. Of course, it creates world-leading aircrew, but the sheer pace of technological and contextual change can see knowledge and skills ageing considerably in that timeframe.
Technology is also shaping how we learn, showing how fast we can learn, and helping us to identify and nurture specific individual talents far more easily. And while human insight and instruction is in many ways integral to training delivery, it is in shorter supply than ever. Luckily, AI is now sufficiently advanced to take on many aspects of the instructional role, and to great effect.
What we know and are capable of today, we expect to have changed by tomorrow. AircrewNext is all about nurturing the ability and agility to be ever-ready, every day.
Training and sustaining next-gen aircrew
AircrewNext is addressing the fast-evolving demands of tomorrow’s top military aircrew, both individually and collectively, via a genuinely future-focused and flexible approach to training and development. One that acknowledges an increasingly complex operational and organisational landscape, in which preparedness and agility are paramount.
Creating unique and inspiring careers
AircrewNext enables far easier identification of, and focus on, individual talent and career goals. Meanwhile, it can make the allocation of that talent to specific roles far more targeted and efficient, as it shortens the training timeline significantly without compromising on any aspect of depth or detail.
Embracing emerging technologies
Thales considers it crucial to monitor and harness the full potential of emerging technologies – and also to create and pioneer them in search of sector-leading solutions. Leadership in military aviation demands innovation, and that means embracing digitisation, AI, and the smart analysis and application of data in order to make training more tailored, efficient, and effective.
What is AircrewNext?
In short, it’s the answer to tomorrow’s demands for world-leading aircrew, based on the very forefront of what know – and can achieve – today.
Clearly superior education and development raises the bar globally and leads the way in securing tomorrow’s game-changing aircrew talent.
More agile and focused training means faster and more transparent investment of time and resources, and expert contemporary aircrew.
Developing tomorrow’s talent with data-driven and fully connected training experiences that inform operations in highly complex contexts.
Adaptive learning that identifies and encourages individual talent and allocates it intelligently to collective aircrew learning journeys.
Key capability drivers
Enduring and future-compatible success depends on continuous technological innovation and smart data application, plus a strategically balanced focus on individual development and group interdependence.
Individual learning journeys
AircrewNext is trainee-centric – designed to optimise each individuals’ inherent strengths and encourage supporting capabilities. This is achieved through a fully flexible and interconnected approach to trainee development and talent optimisation. By building on innate aptitude and identifying complementary skillsets, AircrewNext looks to develop self-driven and fully versatile aircrew talent fit for increasingly complex needs. It harnesses new learning methodologies to provide a seamless transition for the next generation from the modern education experience to relevant and engaging aircrew training.
Individual talent development is just one aspect of equipping tomorrow’s top military aircrew. Fitting this talent into the bigger operational picture is crucial in achieving peak collective capabilities. That’s why AircrewNext places such emphasis and focuses such extensive resources on collective training programmes such as networked simulations: they engender a collective, connected and collaborative mindset that’s fit for diverse, demanding and complex scenarios.
AircrewNext uses advanced AI to enhance individual and group performance at mission applicable level – and to develop and deliver a steady stream of sector-leading new products and services. AI is also a highly cost and resource-efficient way to maximise the value of both real and ‘virtual’ instructors in an ever-changing and increasingly complex training domain. And it continues to provide increasingly joined-up and ‘true to mission’ experience and context – thereby preparing tomorrow’s individual and collective talent more effectively for ultimate deployment.
Data analytics and digital trust
AircrewNext is a digital training ecosystem. It uses advanced data analytics to enhance individual learning experiences, instructor assessment and all-important predictive analysis. All the while, Thales’ world-renowned capabilities in Digital Trust provide crucial reassurances regarding the management of data and risk, allowing customers to move faster – and with far greater confidence – into the digital space.
AircrewNext is built on Thales’ renowned domain experience and expertise, which ensures training systems remain relevant and future-focused. This is vital as technology and capability requirements continue to converge and evolve at pace – and dictate mission preparedness and effectiveness. Thales’ increased focus is on the use of Digital Twins and working collaboratively with customers also ensures aircrew training stays forever in line with, and often ahead of, what is considered to be the leading edge of development and innovation.
Air Mission Training System – AMTS™
The Air Mission Training System provides aircrews with an environment for learning mission skills in both individual and collective training environments.
Easy to fly but with a high fidelity simulation of mission systems and the tactical environment, the system can be employed to incrementally expose new aircrew to mission systems, to provide collective training in complex mission scenarios for experienced aircrew, and also to provide synthetic red air when crewed by role-players.
HuMans is a solution for monitoring and evaluating the behaviour and performance of aircrew during synthetic training missions. Its key innovation is to objectively capture and assess data about aspects of physiological activity that are normally only addressed through the subjective observation and opinion of an instructor.
The system uses non-invasive sensors to capture biometric data from the aircrew and combine it with data from the simulator and present it for monitoring and analysis both live during the mission and as playback during debrief.
The preparation and delivery of simulation-based events, from smaller local activities through to large complex distributed simulations, can be expensive and logistically difficult, requiring significant amounts of organisation and planning.
NUADA is a Simulation Management Technology that transforms the current landscape for planning, preparing and delivering simulation events. It provides an integrate once, reuse many times environment that automates the setting up of simulations and networks on dedicated systems or cloud-based resources.