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Shadow sim arrives
By Cpl Melanie Schinkel
SIMULATION training for the
Shadow 200 Unmanned Aerial
System (UAS) will be Brisbane-
based 20 STA Regt's priority for
the rest of 2011 as its first simula-
tor for the system has arrived at
The Portable Institutional
Mission System (PIMS) is the first
major piece of hardware to be deliv-
ered under Joint Project 129 Phase
Two. DMO and specialist personnel
from the US have already started
the six-week certification process.
Army will acquire another
PIMS, six fixed institutional mis-
sion simulators and four embedded
trainers in preparation for the arrival
of two Shadow 200 UAS (Shadow)
systems, which will be delivered
later this year.
Once the PIMS certification pro-
cess is complete, it will be officially
handed over to 20 STA Regt to start
its simulation training program.
CO Lt-Col Nathan Loynes said
all three simulator variants had the
same functionality and were driven
by the same simulation software.
"The simulators replicate a full
Ground Control Station (GCS)
including environmental conditions
and the flight operations and fly-
ing characteristics of the Shadow,"
Lt-Col Loynes said.
"They will test the soldiers'
emergency procedures by putting
them under pressure to teach them
how to deal with problems that
could potentially arise during live
"The benefit of the PIMS in par-
ticular is that it's portable -- we can
pack it up and move it to wherever
we need to conduct operations."
Between eight-month deploy-
ments to Afghanistan to support
Scan Eagle UAV operations and up
to six months in Arizona undergo-
ing Shadow training, the past year
has been hectic for 20 STA Regt
Lt-Col Loynes began sending
his soldiers to conduct Shadow
training with the US Unmanned
Aerial Systems Battalion at Fort
Huachuca in October last year.
"The course is broken into four
phases. Phase one introduces the
soldiers to airspace deconfliction,
the theory of flight and ground
school components. Phase two
focuses on Shadow equipment-
specific training and phase three
teaches them how to operate the
UAS from the GCS," Lt-Col Loynes
"In the final phase they transi-
tion to simulation training before
moving into the live flying com-
ponent. At the end of the course
the soldiers have learnt the ground
school theory equivalent to that of a
private pilot's licence."
Shadow mission commander
Sgt Nicholas Reid completed the
training in May and spent about 100
hours in the simulator and 10 hours
flying a real Shadow air vehicle.
"It was a well-run, detailed
and interesting course designed to
teach from scratch how to operate
Shadow equipment," Sgt Reid said.
"Many of us already had UAV
backgrounds, which was advanta-
geous because there was no prelimi-
Shadow operator Bdr Aaron
Hong said the highlight of the
course was the flight line phase.
"I didn't have a UAV back-
ground so the course was brilliant
for me -- impressive too because the
ground school is run by pilots who
have 20-odd years of experience,"
Bdr Hong said.
Once the PIMS is certified, 20
STA Regt's soldiers will conduct
further simulation training in prepa-
ration for five weeks of live flying.
The qualified operators will also
conduct operational serials as part
of mission specific training to con-
vert their learned skills to the Full
Rate Production 6 variant of the
"We will start our MST in the
Woomera Training Area in October.
Everyone is pretty keen because it
will be our first time using our own
Shadow kit," Sgt Reid said.
Lt-Col Loynes said the first
Shadow Group was set to deploy to
Afghanistan later this year and that
a Scan Eagle-to-Shadow transition
phase would occur early next year.
"Once Shadow is up and run-
ning we will withdraw Scan Eagle
from Afghanistan, however, it
will continue to support exercis-
es in Australia for at least the next
12 months," Lt-Col Loynes said.
New system: Shadow mission commander Sgt Nicholas Reid supervises air vehicle operator LBdr Anthony Dunphy and payload operator
Bdr Aaron Hong on 20 STA Regt's Portable Institutional Mission System for the Shadow 200 UAS at Gallipoli Barracks.
Photo by Cpl Melanie Schinkel
THE commander of Australian
troops in the MEAO, Maj-Gen
Angus Campbell, condemned
major Taliban attacks in Tarin Kot
on July 28.
The attacks were aimed at
Uruzgan Provincial Governor Omar
Shirzad, his deputy Khodai Rahim
Khan and a local security chief, but
failed thanks to the quick response
of the Afghan National Security
Just after midday, the com-
pounds of the Provincial Governor
and a local security chief were
attacked by several suicide bombers
on foot and in vehicles, followed
by insurgents using small arms and
In a separate attack on Matiullah
Khan's compound, two suicide
bombers activated their devices as
US troops entered the compound.
The US soldiers suffered rela-
tively minor injuries and were treat-
ed at the Role 2 military hospital at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
Several civilians and two Afghan
National Police officers were killed
and about six Afghan security force
personnel were wounded in the
attacks. No Australian personnel
were killed or wounded.
Maj-Gen Campbell said the
insurgents continued to demonstrate
their intention to kill the citizens of
Uruzgan as part of their campaign
to undermine security and stability.
"Hard-line elements of the
insurgency continue to pursue their
campaign through violence and
attempted targeted killings," he said.
"Yesterday they paid a heavy
price for their ambitions, with all
insurgents killed while failing to
achieve their mission.
"Sadly, while casualty estimates
are still not yet confirmed, it is
reported that a number of children
may be among those killed and
injured. One of the locals killed
was a prominent journalist and our
condolences go to all the families in
Tarin Kot that have been affected by
the insurgents' attacks."
ANSF personnel protected the
Provincial Governor and Deputy
Governor while responding to the
insurgent attacks. They shot and
killed one of the suicide bombers
while a second suicide bomber
activated his device without causing
Response to the incident was
effectively coordinated by an
Afghan National Army officer at the
Operations Coordination Centre.
in Tarin Kot fail
Suicide bombings: No Australians were killed or wounded in the
attacks, which occured in the provincial capital Tarin Kot, not far from
the major ISF base.
Photo by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
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