Kevin Jamison

KJamison_The reality behind the assumptions: Modelling and simulation support for the SAAF

Kevin Jamison
Jamison is an aeronautical and systems engineer with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand and an honours degree in structural dynamics from the University of Pretoria.

He has 22 years of experience, having worked as an analyst, systems engineer and chief systems engineer on a wide range of projects, including the Rooivalk attack helicopter, stabilised optical turrets installed on helicopters, the helmet display system for the Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft and unique nuclear fuel identification and burn-up measurement systems. He is a CSIR principal engineer who develops technology demonstrators, leads aircraft weapons integration projects and provides modelling and simulation support to the South African Air Force (SAAF).

About the talk: Air warfare in the 21st century is dominated by advanced technology and it is increasingly difficult to intuitively discern the optimal solutions, doctrines and tactics to adopt.

Modelling and simulation can be used to simplify complex scenarios to the point that they can be analysed and learning derived. Often the process of modelling and simulating these scenarios uncovers non-intuitive insights as the interactions between the elements in the simulation are investigated. A number of examples are discussed to show how modelling and simulation adds real
value to SAAF operations.

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