Design and construction of multiple training and evaluation plans

The Challenge

NLR helped the RNLAF with F-35 acquisition and operational readiness by focusing on transforming the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) into a smart buyer and assisting the RNLAF with a smooth transition from the F-16 to the F-35. Within this programme, multiple training & education projects have been carried out to design and improve training for pilots, maintenance staff and mission support crew.

The Solution

The activities mentioned helped to develop a variety of products and services, including:

  • Initial and recurrent training course content for pilots and maintenance staff
  • Design and execution of an Operational Test & Evaluation plan for Continuation Training
  • Design and construction of a WLT (Weapons Loader Trainer) including augmented reality applications.

What we did

The training methods, tools and activities carried out by NLR throughout the F-35 programme include:

  • Training Needs Analysis (TNA) for pilot maintenance staff and mission-support roles
  • Design of an F-35 pilot competency profile, initial and recurrent training course content
  • Training Media Selection Analysis (TMA)
  • Business case for a Maintainer Training Centre (MTC)
  • Multi-Spectral DataBase (MSDB)
  • Continuation training including
  • Performance-Based Training (PBT)


Jelke van der Pal
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Project partners

Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF)
Defence Equipment Organisation (DMO)
Research organisations: Royal NLR
Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)

Duration: February 2000 – ongoing

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