Drones (Remotely piloted aircraft)

DCI proposes a broad range of training courses in relation to remotely piloted aircraft (RPA).

These respond to the needs of operators in the field as well as those of decision-makers seeking a better understanding of this sector of activity.
1) Training in the operational utilisation of light tactical RPAs for reconnaissance, intelligence and target detection missions for land forces.
Training sessions last from 4 to 8 weeks, depending on customer requirements. They are organised in partnership with the French Army’s Tactical RPA Training Centre in Chaumont.

DCI builds on the know-how acquired by the French Army. Training focuses on piloting, intelligence gathering and the preparation of target lists. Following training in a tactical simulator, techniques are applied in full-scale field exercises.

2) Mini-RPA training for more generic applications: protection, surveillance of facilities, public events or security.
Sessions last 4-8 weeks in DCI training centres: the International Training Centre in Draguignan for land-based training and the International Aeronautical Training Centre in Salon-de-Provence for aeronautical training.

Training covers the following key themes: planning, scheduling, platform operation and handling, observation and image analysis techniques, preparation of an intelligence or target detection file, and problems related to airspace utilisation.

DCI is also developing a training course designed to inform decision-makers about RPA employment at the three levels of manoeuvre (tactical, operational and strategic). Training covers the role and employment of RPAs, constraints and limitations, coordination in 3D and integration into the manoeuvre.

DCI has set up a modular organisation to offer diversified training courses adapted to the needs of friendly countries. To achieve this goal with the required quality level, DCI relies on the French armed forces, which supply their know-how and equipment.