VCTS system

Arotech’s training and simulation division, FAAC, has been awarded a contract modification for supply of additional virtual clearance training suites (VCTS) to the US Army.

Valued at $8.9m, the award represents an option under the original $63.4m contract secured by the company in June 2011, for incremental delivery of 28 VCTS systems to the army over a 36-month period.

Awarded by the Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training & Instrumentation (PEO STRI) under the STRI Omnibus Contract (STOC II), the contract has a maximum potential value of up to $93.9m, including all priced options.

Arotech’s chairman and chief executive officer, Robert Ehrlich, said the VCTS follow-on contract demonstrates the strong value and return on investment (ROI) the army has already gained with system deliveries to date.

"This is another example of how our client engagements have significant inherent potential, which very often lead to additional orders down the road," Ehrlich said.

"VCTS is designed to train soldiers for route clearance missions, counter-improvised explosive devices (C-IED) and mounted manoeuvre operations."

Based on the simulator technology developed for the army operator driving simulator (ODS) and common driver trainer (CDT) programmes, VCTS is a mobile system designed to train soldiers for route clearance missions, counter-improvised explosive devices (C-IED) and mounted manoeuvre operations in a virtual environment.

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The system features simulators for the Buffalo mine-protected clearance vehicle, Husky vehicular-mounted mine detector with mine detonation trailer, RG-31 or RG-33 medium mine-protected vehicle, as well as the man-transportable robotic system.

Operational in a crawl, walk, run mode, the system enables military instructors to provide training in both individual and collective scenarios, while helping soldiers to improve their standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Having fielded three systems at Fort Bliss, Fort Carson and Fort Leonard Wood, the army is also considering installation at Fort Hood, Fort Bragg, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Fort Drum, followed by military bases in Hawaii and Germany.

The company did not disclose the contract’s delivery schedule and number of units ordered.

Image: US Army personnel conduct training with the virtual clearance training suite at Fort Leonard Wood in US. Photo: courtesy of Amy Newcomb.

Defence Technology