Australia/USA/Canada/UK — International virtual military exercise starts today

The Min­is­ter for Defence Sci­ence and Per­son­nel, the Hon War­ren Snow­don MP said one of the world’s largest co-ordi­nat­ed vir­tu­al mil­i­tary exer­cis­es between Aus­tralian, Amer­i­can, British and Cana­di­an defence forces begins today.

Mr Snow­don said the Defence Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy Organ­i­sa­tion (DSTO) is facil­i­tat­ing Exer­cise Coali­tion Vir­tu­al Flag. 

“It’s a four-day sim­u­la­tion activ­i­ty designed to pro­vide train­ing, it will also pro­vide a means to eval­u­ate plan­ning for joint com­bat mis­sions,” Mr Snow­don said. 

RAAF pilots will fly in high-end exer­cis­es from DSTO’s new­ly enhanced Air Oper­a­tions Sim­u­la­tion Cen­tre in Melbourne. 

DSTO will work around the clock to con­nect the RAAF to a vir­tu­al inter­na­tion­al net­work, pro­vid­ing two F/A‑18 Hor­net cock­pits in the centre’s sophis­ti­cat­ed sim­u­la­tion cube and dome facil­i­ties,” Mr Snow­don said. 

He said recent enhance­ments, includ­ing clas­si­fied and more capa­ble hard­ware and soft­ware com­po­nents, mean DSTO’s Air Oper­a­tions Sim­u­la­tion Cen­tre is suit­ably equipped to sup­port net­worked coali­tion forces in advanced sim­u­la­tion and mod­el­ling activities. 

Mr Snow­don said vir­tu­al exer­cis­es are a valu­able means of deter­min­ing impor­tant com­bat mis­sion data in an envi­ron­ment that is safer, less expen­sive and requires few­er resources. 

“The out­come of the exer­cise is expect­ed to ben­e­fit par­tic­i­pat­ing nations by pro­vid­ing mis­sion-crit­i­cal infor­ma­tion rel­e­vant to future deployments.” 

The Aus­tralian Defence Force’s Joint Com­bined Train­ing Cen­tre is pro­vid­ing a link between Aus­tralian sim­u­la­tion assets and oth­er par­tic­i­pat­ing nations. 

Coali­tion Vir­tu­al Flag, led by the US Air Force and coor­di­nat­ed across three con­ti­nents, com­mences today on 20 September. 

Media con­tacts:
Alice Plate (Snow­down): 0400 045 999
Stephen D’Arcy (DSTO): 0419 991 909
Defence Media Liai­son: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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