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From 12 to 15 July AEC Skyline deployed two air assets to the Royal Netherlands Air Force's Leeuwarden air base, providing vital support to the final week of the 2021 Weapons Instructor Course's air-to-air phase.

WIC 2021 commenced on 3 May with 24 students from Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway hoping to graduate as fully trained weapon instructors at the end of the course. Actually, six different courses converge during this year's edition with the training of F-16 and C-130 crews now being complemented by the training of F-35 pilots, Patriot surface-to-air missile operators, intelligence staff and Air Battle Managers. This year's course will end on 22 October.

Simulating various Opposing Forces (OPFOR) air-to-ground platforms during the course, AEC Skyline's Learjet 36A and MU-2 linked up daily with a number of fast jets that were used as adversary air assets too. WIC 2021 participants were put to the test during two daily waves with our aircraft's onboard electronic warfare equipment being used to try and disrupt "blue forces" communications.

While on this occasion the Learjet carried jamming pods furnished by NATO's Joint Electronic Warfare Core Staff (JEWCS), the MU-2's EW kit consisted of the advanced, internal ASTOR system combined with external pods.

AEC Skyline provides fast air, ISR support and critical data solutions to a wide range of clients including the Netherlands and coalition armed forces, the defence and aerospace industry, as well as to a number of renowned research institutes.

Operating out of Groningen Airport Eelde and Breda Airport, the company offers close air support, EW, “red air” training, target towing and remote sensing together with IT networking, systems integration solutions and consultancy services.

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Between 21 and 25 June exercise Furious Wolf 21-2 saw AEC Skyline supporting Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) Close Air Support (CAS) training at Brigadier General Kazys Veverskis training area in Kazlų Rūda, Lithuania.

Operating out of Kaunas airport, our Learjet 36A platform flew a series of sorties, complementing efforts by Spanish Air Force Eurofighters currently stationed at Lithuania's Šiauliai air base for NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission.

Equipped with a L3Harris Wescam MX-10 EO/IR sensor, Vortex five band duplex datalink (UHF/L/S/C/Ku band), AEC Skyline's Learjet and its crew served a wide training audience that included Dutch and Norwegian JTACs from  the German led multinational enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Lithuania.

Furious Wolf training objectives included the overall development of CAS skills as well as JTAC currency training.

AEC Skyline provides fast air, ISR support and critical data solutions to a wide range of clients including the Netherlands and coalition armed forces, the defence and aerospace industry, as well as to a number of renowned research institutes.

Operating out of Groningen Airport Eelde and Breda International Airport, the company offers close air support, EW, “red air” training, target towing and remote sensing together with IT networking, systems integration solutions and consultancy services.

themis observe tethered droneHet Nederlandse defensiebedrijf AEC Skyline en Europa's toonaangevende ontwikkelaar van robotica en autonome systemen Milrem Robotics hebben vorige week een Memorandum of Understanding ondertekend om samen te werken bij de ontwikkeling van onbemande systemen.

De overeenkomst, die werd ondertekend door Stef Have, directeur van AEC Skyline Holding, en Kuldar Väärsi, CEO van Milrem Robotics, baant de weg voor het gezamenlijk ontwikkelen, testen en valideren van producten en software op de werkterreinen van beide partijen.

In het kader van de samenwerkingsovereenkomst zal AEC Skyline optreden als integratiepartner van de producten van Milrem Robotics, waaronder de unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) THeMIS en Multiscope, alsmede het Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle. AEC Skyline zal ook in contact treden met het Nederlandse ministerie van Defensie en met potentiële civiele klanten, voornamelijk in Nederland.

Zes THeMIS UGV's worden intussen al gebruikt door de Robotica & Autonome Systemen (RAS) eenheid van de Koninklijke Landmacht, dit in het kader van een concept development & experimentation (CD&E) programma. Nu willen beide partijen de producten van Milrem Robotics zo positioneren dat ze beantwoorden aan de toekomstige eisen van het Nederlandse ministerie van Defensie, waaronder het gebruik van manned-unmanned teaming.

De partijen onderzoeken de vereisten die kunnen leiden tot de integratie van nieuwe technologieën en payloads, waaronder (tethered) drones, sensoren en bewapening in UGV's. De bedrijven analyseren ook hoe UAV gegevens de door Milrem Robotics ontwikkelde kunstmatige intelligentie en autonome navigatieoplossingen kunnen verbeteren en hun intelligente functies kunnen versterken.

"De tethered drone-technologie van AEC is een welkome aanvulling op de lijst van capaciteiten die nodig zijn bij de ontwikkeling van het European Unmanned Ground System tijdens het iMUGS-project, en daarom heeft Milrem AEC uitgenodigd om met hun technologie een bijdrage te leveren", aldus Kuldar Väärsi, CEO van Milrem Robotics.

themis observe tethered droneStef Have, directeur van AEC Skyline, voegt hieraan toe: "We kijken ernaar uit om bij te dragen aan het productassortiment van Milrem Robotics en belangrijke expertise op het gebied van systeemintegratie toe te voegen aan het partnerschap, dit in nauw contact met de eindgebruiker, zowel militair als civiel."

De bedrijven hebben counter-UAS technologie en de ontwikkeling van een nieuwe geïntegreerde gebruikersinterface reeds geïdentificeerd als specifieke gebieden voor samenwerking.

Over Milrem Robotics

Milrem Robotics is Europa's toonaangevende ontwikkelaar van robotica en autonome systemen. Het bedrijf heeft twee kantoren in Estland, een in Zweden en Finland en binnenkort een in Nederland.

Milrem Robotics is de leider van een consortium dat 30,6 miljoen euro heeft gekregen van het European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) van de Europese Commissie om een Europees gestandaardiseerd unmanned ground system (UGS) te ontwikkelen.

Tijdens het project, dat de naam iMUGS (Integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System) meekreeg, zal een modulaire en schaalbare architectuur voor hybride manned-unmanned teaming systemen worden ontwikkeld om zo een Europees ecosysteem te standaardiseren voor lucht- en grondplatformen, commandovoerings-, controle- en communicatieapparatuur, sensoren, payloads en algoritmen.

Over AEC Skyline

AEC Skyline beschikt over uitgebreide expertise op het gebied van netwerken en systeemintegratie. Het bedrijf vertegenwoordigt ook een aantal OEM's, waaronder L3Harris Communications Systems West, Haivision, Persistent Systems en Elistair.

Naast kritieke data-oplossingen levert AEC Skyline Intellligence, Surveillance en Reconnaissance (ISR) en fast air support aan Defensie, de defensie- en luchtvaartindustrie en aan diverse onderzoeksinstituten. De diensten van het bedrijf omvatten onder andere close air support, elektronische oorlogvoering, "red air" training, remote sensing en het slepen van doelen. AEC Skyline’s vloot opereert vanaf Groningen Airport Eelde en Breda International Airport.

Thursday 11 February 2021

Operating out of Zweibrücken airport in Germany under a permit issued by German authorities, AEC Skyline’s fleet of upgraded Aero L39 jet trainers has now commenced supporting Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) Close Air Support (CAS) training on behalf of the United States Air Force in Europe (USAFE). The initial 11 February mission saw one of our L39s supporting training in the US military’s Baumholder training area.

Flying under a contract that could extend to 30 September 2025, our L39s carry a L3Harris Wescam MX-15D EO/IR sensor pod equipped with laser spot tracker as well as night vision devices, IR pointers and UHF, VHF radios to enable both day and night CAS tactical employment capability. Our digital duplex datalink, operating in the L, S, C and Ku frequency bands, provides full support for full motion video and Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) training.

High end training support

Adhering to internationally agreed JTAC standards, performance includes flying up to 320 flying hours per year with a maximum of 12 hours per day. Units being supported are the Warrior Preparation Center’s 4th Combat Training Squadron as well as the 4th Air Support Operations Group and subordinate units with training being performed in primary training areas in Germany and in other European countries if required. Regardless of any repositioning of forces allocated to United States European Command (USEUCOM), AEC Skyline stays committed to providing full, high end training support, hereby ensuring the continuation of training aimed at integrating air combat power and surface fires.

Capable of speeds in excess of 300 knots indicated air speed, sustaining with ease the 4Gs required under the contract, our L39s have the capability to perform tactical manoeuvring to achieve up to 30 degree deliveries that include simulated ordnance release. A time on station in excess of 40 minutes is guaranteed with our aircraft being capable of operating at altitudes well in excess of 10,000 feet MSL, coping with high density altitude environments as well. Now recognised by the USAFE, AEC Skyline’s L39 aircraft are capable of supporting realistic air-to-ground training operations, performing flight manoeuvers that simulate those of modern fighter/attack aircraft, however at much lower cost.


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On 20, 21 January AEC Skyline’s modified Learjet 36A platform supported a first series of trials linked to the ongoing Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) of the Dutch Defense Helicopter Command’s Block 2 upgraded Boeing AH-64D Apache attack helicopter.

Operating over Low Flying Area 7 Veluwe during the trials, the L3 Wescam MX-10 EO/IR sensor pod equipped Learjet aircraft acted as a surrogate Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, enabling the helicopter command’s attack helicopter unit to pursue its MUM-T objectives.

They include overall familiarisation, setup and troubleshooting with the MUM-T system that is supported by the Block 2 AH-64D’s on board L3 Harris ROVER 6 five band line of sight video transceiver capability (UHF/L/S/C/Ku band).  On both days the Learjet’s on board Vortex digital duplex multi band datalink, another L3 Harris product, demonstrated it has a high degree of connectivity with ROVER 6, even at long ranges. With the help of the AEC Skyline team specific waveforms supported by ROVER 6 and different data rates are tested during a series of trials.mum t ah64d.1

Subsequent flying saw the Learjet being used for target handovers and in support of the helicopters’ attack profiles with imagery generated by the MX-10 sensor being presented to participating helicopter crews on their multipurpose displays well before reaching their engagement area. Level 2 MUM-T interoperability was thus achieved meaning the direct receipt of data and full motion video from a (surrogate) UAS by a manned helicopter.

These trials pave the way for the advent of the new AH-64E version of the Apache attack helicopter which is destined to enter service with the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 2022. The Apache remanufacturing programme will introduce a much improved, level 4 MUM-T capability which allows the AH-64E aircrew to control the UAS platform and its payload, except for recovery


AEC Skyline deployed its bespoke ISR services to Denmark in support of the Composite Special Operations Air Task Group (C-SOATG) being trained there during exercise Trojan Phoenix. Held by the Danish, Dutch and Belgian military between 26 October and 6 November, the certification exercise saw AEC Skyline together with Smart Delta company installing an advanced networking solution, hereby enabling the delivery of an ISR feed to Aalborg air base, where the trinational SOF Air C2 element was based. Originating from AEC Skyline’s EO/IR sensor and video downlink equipped Learjet 36 platform, the full motion video feed was distributed by the company’s ground control station to the SOATG, the Exercise Control (EXCON) organisation and the Tactical Operations Center managing US air assets made available for the exercise. In addition, AEC Skyline also deployed one of its inflatable full scale surrogate targets, operating in Central and North Jutland and the island of Bornholm in support of the exercise’s many ISR and Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) scenarios.

Exercise Trojan Phoenix is part of the wider effort by Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium to field a Composite Special Operations Component Command (C-SOCC), a process that commenced in early 2017. During 2021, this SOF headquarters will be on standby to meet any contingency that might require the activation of the NATO Response Force (NRF).

In order to counter the threat posed by Covid-19, all personnel participating in the exercise underwent frequent testing with strict hygiene and distancing measures being enforced.

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20191006 1From 16 September to 22 September AEC-Skyline supported three big events, one event in Slovenia and two events in The Netherlands. In Slovenia we supported a Joint Terminal Attack Controller exercise with our Learjet. The Learjet (equipped with sensor and digital data link) delivered Close Air Support to NATO forces.

Last week we joined the #PurpleNectar2019 experiment together with #KIXS #HaiVision #Compumatica #RASUNIT13thLightBrigade. This experiment was a request from #KIXS and #RASUNIT13thLightBrigade for integrating multiple sensors with FMV and STANAG 4609 into different C4ISR applications but also in the ATAK application.

Come meet us at International Paris Air Show .... AEC Skyline will attend the exhibition at Le Bourget together with Forum Group B.V. Southern Cross International and JetSupport B.V...... We hope to see you there on the 17th and 18th of June

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