By Loren Thompson Forbes.com
June 29, 2021 -- America’s global military power rests upon twin pillars of training and technology. U.S. forces are the most rigorously trained and best equipped in the world. In recent years, the two pillars have tended to intertwine as digital technologies enabled breakthrough approaches to training. Nowhere is this more true than in the case of air combat training.
Earlier this year, the Collins Aerospace unit of Raytheon Technologies, working with teammate Leonardo DRS, received Pentagon approval to commence production of a next-generation air combat training system that will transform the way pilots prepare for war. Called the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS II), the new system began as a Navy initiative that the Air Force says it too will adopt.