Aerial target simulation

With its individual, realistic training solutions for all branches of the German Armed Forces GFD is a highly experienced and competent partner for the best possible training of soldiers.

Realistic scenarios are provided for targeted, effective training using GFD Learjets 35A and 36A equipped with state-of-the-art, highly specialised technology. The training areas include inter alia: live EW training (electronic warfare), joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) / close air support (CAS), ground-controlled interception (GCI), intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) as well as ground-based air defence (GBAD), surface-based air defence (SBAD), red air presentation and naval ship attack-profiles. The formerly name-giving aerial target simulation in support of air defence exercises is also part of the task spectrum.

Aerial target simulation with and without towed bodies includes training for land- and sea-based air defence using automatic cannons as well as guided missiles. The winches mounted under the wings can let out the different hard and soft targets up to a distance of 6.5 km, which can be recovered at the end of the operation.

During the live EW training, operations designated as "jamkite missions", the GFD Learjets carry false target systems and jammers under the wings. Using these transmitters false target and jamming technology is deployed against the radar and communication units of different weapon systems.

The self-developed Thread Simulator Pod (TSP) can broadcast the signatures of existing or generic radars, providing a near-perfect simulation of approaching aircraft or guided missiles.

The Learjet can carry a RAFAEL Litening laser designator pod (LDP) for the training of JTACs (joint terminal attack controllers). Full motion videos can be transmitted to ground troops by means of the integrated video downlink system. Furthermore, in addition to the conventional radio transmission procedures, the GFD Learjets also deploy the so-called DACAS (Digitally Aided Close Air Support) system and thereby offer high quality training.