CAS Defence Sector Solutions Case Study
The Royal Air Force (RAF) operates a low level land-based Electronic Warfare (EW) Tactics Range at RAF Spadeadam, straddling the border between England and Scotland. The role of the Range is to provide an environment which enables aircrews from all NATO countries to develop, evaluate and practice the EW tactics necessary to defeat ground based anti-aircraft systems.
CAS developed the system which is key to the provision of the EW training environment at Spadeadam, the Mission Critical Spadeadam Integrated C3 System (SPICCCS). SPICCCS is a powerful, ultra-realistic and cost-effective training environment which, through timely feedback to participating aircrew, helps maximise the benefit of each flying hour by ensuring that:
- Resources needed to fulfil the aircrew training requirements are available and in place when the aircrew arrive
- Threats on the range are co-ordinated to ensure that the training requirements of the aircrew are met
- Timely and accurate feedback is provided to the aircrew
- The system is flexible enough to cope with the ever changing threat scenarios that aircrew are likely to come up against when they are deployed to hostile territories.
"During my ten years working closely with CAS, I have nothing but praise for their professionalism and work ethic. The company was always flexible and responsive to the fluid, and at times rapid changes, that our operational needs dictated. Given the 'moving goal-post syndrome' that such fluid situations result in, it was most refreshing to work with a company that worked within the spirit of a contract and not to the letter. Their innovative and professional attitude to the Service's requests has always resulted in robust, flexible and cost-effective solutions."
John Gilbert, Squadron Leader, Officer Commanding Operations RAF Spadeadam 1989