Lockheed Martin has signed a contract with the Australian Government to enhance the core simulation capabilities of the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) as part of efforts to better prepare it for future missions.

The A$897m ($639m) contract is a part of the government’s JP9711 core simulation capability (CSimC) programme.

CSimC services will meet the demand for simulation-enabled collective training (SeCT).

Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said: “The partnership with Lockheed Martin Australia will deliver defence’s core simulation capability, and result in new simulation technologies integrating with existing ADF systems.”

Lockheed Martin, in collaboration with NEC Australia and Calytrix Technologies, will provide simulation-based training events in secure and realistic environments for ADF personnel.

“Simulation is a vital part of that preparation and provides training opportunities that are not always possible in real-world situations.”

Australian Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds stated that 100 job opportunities have been created in support of the project.

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Reynolds added: “I congratulate the consortium for their continued involvement in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) programmes. The Core Simulation Capability Project is another example of the government supporting the Australian industry by providing opportunities to excel.

“We want our soldiers, sailors and aircrew to be fully prepared for any situation they may face. Simulation is a vital part of that preparation and provides training opportunities that are not always possible in real-world situations.

“Defence is looking forward to working with the Lockheed Martin Australia-led consortium, who are industry leaders in simulation technologies that support our commanders and operational personnel.”

In 2017, the government shortlisted a group of companies led by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman for the JP9711 Core Simulation capability programme.

The programme aims to upgrade and enhance the defence networked simulation capability in support of virtual, live and constructive integration.