• U.S. soldiers from the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry, and Armed Forces of the Philippines Army personnel from the 50th Infantry Battalion, use Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement Systems, which tie into the Initial - Homestation Instrumentation Training System, and offers performance feedback on various missions, giving commanders and trainers the ability to have an instant replay of any training mission, anywhere.  Balikatan, a Filipino word meaning shoulder-to-shoulder is an annual bilateral exercise focused on increasing interoperability between the Philippine and U.S. militaries and is being conducted through April 26.

    U.S. soldiers from the 100th Battalion, 442nd...

    U.S. soldiers from the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry, and Armed Forces of the Philippines Army personnel from the 50th Infantry Battalion, use Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement Systems, which tie into the Initial - Homestation Instrumentation...

  • U.S. Army Lt. Col. Greg A. Williams (left), deputy director of the Mission Training Complex, out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and Col. Jack K. Pritchard (right), the commanding officer of the 196th Infantry Brigade, show and share the training value of the Initial-Homestation Instrumentation System, April 20, to Armed Forces of the Philippines Marine Brig. Gen. Romeo T. Tanalgo, chief of the AFP Command Center and deputy exercise director for Balikatan 2012.   Balikatan, a Filipino word meaning shoulder-to-shoulder is an annual bilateral exercise focused on increasing interoperability between the Philippine and U.S.  militaries and is being conducted through April 26.

    U.S. Army Lt. Col. Greg A. Williams (left)...

    U.S. Army Lt. Col. Greg A. Williams (left), deputy director of the Mission Training Complex, out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and Col. Jack K. Pritchard (right), the commanding officer of the 196th Infantry Brigade, show and share the training value...

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Philippine -- Philippine and U.S. Army soldiers taking part in the field training exercise of Balikatan 2012 were introduced to the Initial - Homestation Instrumentation Training System, which offers real-world dynamics to training events.

I-HITS is a mobile training center that provides live support to units and can be utilized during a variety of training activities. I-HITS collects exercise data for the unit assessments, provides exercise control and training performance feedback after a training evolution without the need of organic infrastructure. The system provides access to other sources of data which ties in with other interfaces, such as Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement Systems for both U.S. and AFP soldiers, which is its primary purpose at the FTX site.

Ultimately, it gives commanders and trainers the ability to have an instant replay of any training mission, anywhere.

"It's not just a capability for the U.S., it's a capability for the coalition--the AFP," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Greg A. Williams, deputy director of the Mission Training Complex, out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. "It provides an instrumented live training system for force-on-force collective training events."

"The I-HITS is very useful," said Philippine Army Sgt. Harold B. Ramilo, an operations sergeant for the 50th Infantry Division. "It is good to be able to track [what's happening on] the battlefield."

Moreover, the system can track the movement of forces on their actual terrain without using an unmanned aerial vehicle.

"It enhances our after action ability, as well as the ability to simulate a virtual UAV," said Williams. "We are retrieving telemetry data."

"We used the simulated UAV to track troop movement and position," said Ramilo. "It's very good."

The I-HITS system can track over 2,000 ground troops, and will get plenty of use by the nearly 700 combined service members at the FTX for Exercise Balikatan 2012.

Balikatan, a Filipino word meaning "shoulder-to-shoulder," is an annual bilateral exercise instrumental in increasing interoperability between the Philippine and U.S. militaries and is being conducted until April 26.

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