Fighter Weapons Instructor Training 2017

"Here comes the boom"

Fighter Weapons Instructor Training 2017

In the period from April 24th until October 27th 2017 will 12 'students' participate in the Fighter Weapons Instructor Training (FWIT).
Denmark-> pilots, The Netherlands-> Pilots, Belgium-> . Pilots, Portugal-> . Pilots, Norway-> . Pilots
FWIT is hosted by the 322 Tactess squadron at the Leeuwarden Airbase.
FWIT, as the course is called, turns experienced European Participating Air Forces (EPAF) F-16 pilots,
usually captains qualified as four-ship flight leads, into weapons officers.

The weapons-instructors has to know after this training all ins and outs of the system (Link 16 datalink capabilities,
the radar performance, GPS-aided inertial navigation system,)
weapons (500-pound Paveway II bomb, GPS/laser-guided weapons, such as GBU-16, 38, 49)
and tactics of the Mid Life Update F-16 to be used.

The graduating students and the instructors return to their squadrons with the latest information on weapons and tactics
to share his skills and expirence to his squadron pilots.

Transport Weapons Instructor Course (TWIC) 2017

New during this episode of the FWIT2017 are the 4 'Students' C-130 pilots are follow a training as
Weapons Instructor / Transport weapons Instructor Course (TWIC).

FWIT European Participating Air Forces (EPAF) Participants:

Belgium (BAF)
FA-98 F-16AM 2 Wing Arr. 02/05 BAF222

FA-118 F-16AM 10 Wing Arr. 02/05 BAF501
FA-119 F-16AM 10 Wing Arr. 02/05 BAF502/Dep.16/06 BAF522/MIG2
FA-83 F-16AM 2 Wing Arr. 12/05 BAF221 / Dep. 18/05 BAF215
FA-89 F-16AM 2 Wing Arr. 18/05 BAF215
FA-83 F-16AM 2 Wing Arr. 09/06 BAF211/Dep. 20/06 BAF215
FA-127 F-16AM 10 Wing Arr. 09/06 BAF512 / Dep.16/06 BAF521
FA-124 F-16AM 10 Wing Arr. 09/06 BAF511
FA-70 F-16AM 10Wing Arr. 12/06 BAF503/ Dep. 13/06 BAF501 Spec. Tail
FA-128 F-16AM 2 Wing Arr. 20/06 BAF215
FA-119 F-16AM 10 Wing Arr. 23/06 BAF431

FB-21 F-16AM 2 Wing Arr. 1pob / Dep. 2pob 02/05 BAF221
FB-21 F-16AM 2 Wing Arr. 2pob BAF222/Dep. 2pob 12/05 BAF221
FB-22 F-16AM 2 Wing Arr. 1pob BAF212/Dep. .pob 09/06 BAF211
FB-24 F-16AM 10Wing Arr. 1pob BAF502/Dep. 2pob 12/06 BAF502 Spec. Tail
FB-21 F-16AM 10 Wing Arr. 2pob BAF501/ Dep. 1pob 13/06 BAF502
FB-23 F-16AM 10 Wing Arr. 1pob BAF432/ Dep. 2pob 23/06 BAF431

Flyvevåbnet Denmark
E-610 F-16AM ESK730 Arr. 01/05 DAF3261

E-024 F-16AM ESK727 Arr. 11/05 DAF3262 / Dep. 02/06 DAF3261

E-011 F-16AM ESK727 Arr. 02/06 DAF3261
E-008 F-16AM ESK727 Arr. 14/06 DAF3261 / Dep. MIG2

The Netherlands (RNLAF)
J-871, J-632 F-16AM 322Tactess --
J-135, J-006 F-16AM 322Tactess --
J-630 F-16AM 312sq/td Arr. 01/05 STING1 / Dep. 12/05 METAL1
J-005 F-16AM 312sq/td Arr. 01/05 STING2

J-020 F-16AM 313sq/322td Arr. 12/05 METAL1 / Dep.23/06 COWBOY1

J-514 F-16AM 313sq/td Arr. 19/05 METAL2 / Dep. 02/06 BONZO2

J-641 F-16AM 312sq/td Arr. 09/06 FIST1 / Dep. 15/6 METAL1
J-514 F-16AM 313sq/td Arr. 14/06 TIGER1
J-646 F-16AM 312sq Arr. 22/06 FLAME2

Norwegian (RNoAF)
298 F-16AM FLO/Sp.Tail Arr. 12/05 NOW338A

299 F-16AM FLO Arr.12/05 NOW338B/ Dep.26/05 NOW132A

664 F-16AM FLO Arr.12/05 NOW338C/ Dep.02/06 NOW132A

686 F-16AM FLO Arr. 26/05 NOW132A

674 F-16AM FLO Arr. 06/06 NOW132A
662 F-16AM FLO Arr. 07/06 NOW132/ Dep. 09/06 NOW132C

Força Aérea Portuguesa (Portuguese Airforce), Portugal
15105 F-16AM Esq201/301 Arr. 01-05 AFP85

15114 F-16AM Esq201/301 Arr.01-05 AFP86 / Dep.09/06 AFP53

15131 F-16AM Esq201/301 Arr. 01-05 AFP87 / Dep.09/06 AFP54
15116 F-16AM Esq201/301 Arr. 10-05 AFP17
15107 F-16AM Esq201/301 Arr. 12-05 AFP21 / Dep. 16/05 AFP94
15112 F-16AM Esq201/301 Arr. 19-05 AFP41
15113 F-16AM Esq201/301 Arr. 19-05 AFP42
15135 F-16AM Esq201/301 Arr. 19-05 AFP43

16806 C-130H-30 Esq501/sp.T Arr. / Dep. 01-05 AFP94
16701 C-295M Esq502 Arr. / Dep. 03-05 AFP95
16703 C-295M Esq502 Arr.15-05 AFP34 RON / Dep.16-05 AFP34
16806 C-130H-30 Esq501/sp.T Arr. / Dep. 08-06 AFP99

The seven-month course consists of three flying phases:

AIR-TO-AIR phase
The Air-to-Air phase will be from May 1st until July 14th
The air-to-air phase, begins with basic fighter maneuvers (BFM), --> air combat maneuvering (ACM),
At July 14th the Students have successfully completed this phase.
The next phase starts at June --> tactical intercepts (TI),--> finally by air combat training (ACT).
In this period several Nato country will send some fighter who will be playing the "enemy".
After this period there will be a holiday stop until August 14th.

Participants Air-to-Air Phase :
30+70 EF-2000 TaktLwG73 Arr. / Dep. 23-05 GAFS01
00-3001/LN F-15E-63MC 494fs/48fw Arr. / Dep. 24-05 HOWLER61
96-0201/LN F-15E-58MC 494fs/48fw Arr. / Dep. 24-05 HOWLER62
30+51 EF-2000 TaktLwG73 Arr. / Dep. 24-05 GAFS02
30+87 EF-2000 TaktLwG71 Arr. / Dep. 29-05 GAFR01A
30+89 EF-2000 TaktLwG71 Arr. / Dep. 29-05 GAFR01B
00-3001/LN F-15E-63MC 494fs/48fw Arr. / Dep. 30-05 DARK81
30+89 EF-2000 TaktLwG71 Arr. / Dep. 31-05 GAFR01A
30+87 EF-2000 TaktLwG71 Arr. / Dep. 31-05 GAFR01B
053 Falcon20EW Esk717 Arr. 19/06 NOW717B
N259EM/259 L-159E ALCA DRAKEN Arr. 22/06 ARCTIC11
N159EM/159 L-159E ALCA DRAKEN Arr. 22/06 ARCTIC12
N258EM/258 L-159E ALCA DRAKEN Arr. 22/06 ARCTIC13
N262EM/262 L-159E ALCA DRAKEN Arr. 22/06 ARCTIC14
Expected Participants :
LX-N90.... E-3A NEAW&CF WK27 03-07 until 07-07
G-... C-130H 336sq WK28 10-07 until 14-07

The "Air-to-Ground"(Surface) phase begins at August 14th until October 27th. After two weeks of academic,
the "Air-to-Ground"(Surface) phase begins with --> basic range missions --> basic surface attack --> and by opposed surface attack.
The dropping of "Live" and Dummy bombs during the "Air-to-Ground" (Surface) training practiced will be at various shooting ranges in
The Netherlands (Vliehors "Cornfield" Range, Vlieland) and other countries (Oksbol, Denmark)

Live Weapons Mk.82 (500pnd)
-- F-16AM -- Cornfield WK39 03-10 until 06-10
-- F-16AM -- Cornfield WK40 09-10 until 13-10


Logbook Vliehors "Cornfield" range, Vlieland

Final Mission employment The final mission employment phase combines all the techniques and tactics taught during the previous phases.
The phase included flying with live ordnance and coordinating with other air and ground assets in complex real-world missions.
At the end off course October 27th there will be a end presentation and a graduation at November 9th.

Participants Final mission employment phase

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November 9th presentation and Graduation party

On the last two days of the FWIT is on the first day Tactics symposium
for all current Weapon Instructors and students present their final study.
In the evening they received their weapons instructor badge.
The next day is the official graduation with multiple briefings and presentations.

During the training, participants wear still left badge.
On November 9th, the graduation and were .. new weapon instructors for the Fighter Weapons Instructor Training 2017.
From that moment , they may wear the right badge.

Visitors FWIT End presentation and Graduation party

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Mission times:

During the FWIT the students will make 2 waves a day (1145-1330LT and 1445-1630LT) with F-16's,
besite the regular flying Program of the Leeuwarden based F-16's.

Evening flying
Starts in September and will also take place in Norway, at Bodø

FWIT Mission Callsign's:

Mission callsign's

281.550 ch.u02 - Ground
247.675 ch.u03 120.705 ch.v03 Tower
337.000 ch.u04 132.030 ch.v04 Rapcon North
279.525 ch.u07 - Arrival
264.325 ch.u06 132.350 Dutchmil
397.275 - Dutchmil Pri.
279.000 Pri. Ch.14 138.075 Range control
369.200 Sec. 122.100 Range control
379.850, 317.670 360.875, 258.000 355.625, 316.075
376.775, 245.450 361.400, 368.800 315.270, 277.450
FWIT Air to Air
138.425 138.500 KING 138.575 FLANKER
138.850 VIPER 138.875 139.450 FALCON
140.450 FANG 140.500 EVIL 141.225
141.500 DEVIL - -
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