The Government of Canada has awarded a contract to Bluedrop Training & Simulation for the delivery of its vehicle crew gunnery simulator.

The $1m contract was placed through the Build in Canada Innovation Program and is expected to provide the Canadian Land Forces with a new immersive virtual training device for vehicle-based gunnery mission training.

Bluedrop Technology & Simulation vice-president Jean-Claude Siew said: “Bluedrop is excited to be able to extend our expertise in training and simulation to support innovation within the Canadian Army. We are pleased that this simulator is going to increase access to higher fidelity training at home here in Atlantic Canada.”

The company noted that it will collaborate with 5 Canadian Division to develop the simulator with new technology.

“Featuring both physical and virtual simulation for mission realism, the device is designed to provide target engagement, dangerous malfunctions, firing solutions and techniques.”

With the simulator, Canadian Army soldiers will be able to train and assess their remote weapon system crew gunnery skills and communication capabilities.

Featuring both physical and virtual simulation for mission realism, the device is designed to provide target engagement, dangerous malfunctions, firing solutions and techniques, as well as vehicle orientation limits.

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In a separate development, the Canadian Government has inaugurated the new Willow Park Armoury in Halifax.

Built with an investment of $55.2m by Bird Design-Build Construction, the new 8,574m² armoury will be used by Canadian Army Reserve units, including 36 Service Battalion, 36 Signal Regiment, and 33 Field Ambulance.

Canadian National Defence Minister Harjit S Sajjan said: “Through our defence policy, ‘Strong, Secure, Engaged’, our government is investing in a strong, modern, and capable reserve force. This new armoury will provide units from the Army Reserve in Halifax with the functional and green infrastructure needed to carry out their important work at home and abroad, while also supporting their continued growth.”