The US Army has awarded a $40m-plus contract to Cubic Applications to train military advisers for the national armies of Iraq and Afghanistan.

As part of the training, the company will present a series of 60-day programmes that include both classroom instruction and simulations of actual operations.

Personnel will be trained in how to plan and conduct military operations, and also how to establish systems and processes, manage personnel, logistics and payroll to instruct their Afghan and Iraqi counterparts.

In addition, the company will provide play actors to represent Iraqi civilians and members of the media who may also be present on the battlefield.

Training is currently underway at Fort Polk, Fort Benning and Fort Stewart in Georgia, as well as Fort Drum in New York.