Battelle and Geographic Information Systems (GISi) have been awarded a contract for the development and sustainment of the US military’s range managers tool kit (RMTK).

Awarded by the US Marine Corps Training and Education Command (TECOM), the firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity contract requires the company to support the RMTK, which supports both range safety and planning activities.

Battelle National Security project manager Dave Barile said: "Battelle and GISi provide a unique combination of geographic information systems expertise, systems and software engineering, and a thorough understanding of aircraft and weapon characteristics, that combine with our military training experience to make our team well-suited to this contract."

"RMTK is a suite of tools and a software application designed to help military personnel conduct rigorous and frequent training exercises."

Currently used by military training managers, RMTK is a suite of tools and a software application designed to help military personnel conduct rigorous and frequent training exercises.

It enables operators to train for the employment of direct and indirect-fire weapons systems such as machine guns, field artillery and mortars, in addition to dropping bombs or shooting guns, rockets and missiles from aircraft and helicopters.

Barile added: "The RMTK suite of tools supports this critical training, helping to ensure all training is conducted safely without undue risk to military personnel."

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RMTK’s danger zone (WDZ) tools are used to develop and depict a three dimensional area associated with firing weapons, lasers and explosives where the risk of damage, injury or death does not exceed an acceptable and approved level.

The Battelle / GISi team has supported US forces with the RMTK and WDZ since 2011.