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Military training exercises often involve complex procedures and require coordination between dismounted soldiers, vehicles units and more. A new technology offers a unified training and simulation tool.
A $288m contract to develop a simplified training technology that will combine multiple vehicle crew training systems into a single product has been awarded to Saab and Lockheed Martin.
The contract for the device, the I-MILES VTESS, was awarded by the US Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI).
According to the army-technology.com report, the contract will see the companies build an integrated system that will allow soldiers to conduct highly realistic combat exercises using their existing platforms and weapons systems. The army will also receive a new instrumentable multiple integrated laser engagement system (I-MILES) and vehicle tactical engagement simulation system (VTESS) equipped with Lockheed Martin’s SciosLive baseline, a live, virtual and constructive training environment using augmented/virtually reality.
The I-MILES VTESS will include training kits for laser detectors and transmitters to be installed on military trucks, training weapons, and armoured vehicles.
Lockheed Martin Training and Simulation Solutions vice-president Sandy Samuel said: “Through I-MILES VTESS, we’re changing the way vehicle crews take part in training exercises with an open architecture system that is robust and simple to use. Together, these systems enable soldiers to conduct live, highly realistic force-on-force training with their existing platforms and weapons systems.”
The components of I-MILES VTESS have been designed to make the system easier for individual soldiers to manage and operate in the field. Saab’s share of the contract, valued at $11.8m, covers the production of laser simulators, detectors and electronics. Deliveries under the contract will begin in 2017 and continue through to 2018.