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ARMY imagery analysts (IAs) have an
enhanced understanding of the capa-
bilities of the Heron Remotely Piloted
Aircraft (RPA) after conducting full
motion video training with Air Force's
5 Flight at RAAF Base Amberley.
The IAs were from 1st
Topographical Survey Squadron (1
Topo Svy Sqn), 6th Engineer Support
Regiment, and their training used
the Flight's Heron Ground Mission
Station (GMS) simulator.
IAs from the Army and Air Force
conduct the same training at the
Defence Intelligence Training Centre
in Canungra, Queensland.
This training opportunity gave the
Army's IAs a deeper understanding of
how Air Force conducts RPA opera-
tions as well as provide them with
the ability to conduct IA work with
the Shadow 200 Unmanned Aerial
Vehicle (UAV) in the future.
Heron simulator training coordina-
tor SGT Leah Karszniewicz facilitated
She said it started with theory les-
sons about: Heron capabilities and
how the flight operates; the software
used; how the GMS personnel work
with the Ground Control Station as an
integrated crew; and the RPA's man-
Imagery analysts from Navy have
also undertaken the 5FLT training and
have deployed with the Heron detach-
ment at Kandahar.
82 Tactical Intelligence Flight geo-
Analysing the Heron
spatial imagery analyst LAC Gareth
Broadhurst, who is employed with
the simulator, said the training then
moved on to utilising the SOCET
imagery exploitation software to
measure distances and produce
imagery intelligence packages.
"It was the same pre-deployment
training that Heron RPA detachments
receive," he said.
CPL Andrew Scott, an IA from
1 Topo Svy Sqn, said: "The training
gave us a better understanding of how
UAVs can be incorporated into the
CPL Brendon Patrick agreed.
"The mission and job-specific training
allowed us to put our fundamental IA
skills into a relevant UAV context.
"The training with the imagery
simulator was valuable and realistic,
as we conducted simulated tasks such
as route reconnaissance, pattern-of-
life analysis and overwatch."
SGT Karszniewicz has developed
5FLT's GMS training to a point where
Heron's supported force elements
benefit from consistently high data
CO 5FLT WGCDR Lyle Holt said
because 5FLT geospatial imagery
analysts were developing and deliv-
ering the GMS training, Air Force
was "helping to reduce the risk to
our supported Force Elements in
"I welcome all opportunities to
collaborate and share this knowl-
edge with our Army counterparts,"
WGCDR Holt said.
WORKING TOGETHER: 5FLT's
SGT Leah Karszniewicz assists
6ESR's PTE Cameron Bryce and
SPR Mitchell McKean in the Heron
Ground Mission Station simulator.
Photo: LT Jack Bowrey
TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: Army and Air
Force imagery analysts conducted training
together on the Heron RPA at RAAF Base
File photo: LAC Scott Woodward
September 29, 2011
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