Lockheed to upgrade combat vehicle simulators

30 October 2012 (Last Updated October 30th, 2012 03:40)

Lockheed Martin has received a competitively awarded five-year $114m contract from the US Army to modernise combat vehicle simulators to enhance training for soldiers.

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Lockheed Martin has received a competitively awarded five-year $114m contract from the US Army to modernise combat vehicle simulators to enhance training for soldiers.

Under the contract, Lockheed will develop and install 13 enhancements for close combat tactical training systems at 19 army installations.

The new features to be added will also include integrated displays and are designed to simulate tactical vehicle capabilities similar to those that currently being used for operations in the battlefield.

"For the marines, we're able to apply current system development and sustainment as they add this training capacity to maintain readiness in a changing battlespace."

Lockheed Martin's Global Training and Logistics business vice president of training solutions Jim Weitzel said: "The training systems provide an immersive, safe environment to prepare our military's men and women for combat, and the upgrades extend capability and service life of the army's original investment in the programme."

As well as providing upgrades for the army, the contract also includes delivery of new training systems to the US Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, to help expand and provide a common training platform capability across services.

"For the marines, we're able to apply current system development and sustainment as they add this training capacity to maintain readiness in a changing battlespace," Weitzel said.

Engineering work for the combat vehicle training systems under the contract will be carried out in Orlando, Florida, US, while the upgrades are scheduled to be fielded beginning in February 2013.

Since 1992, more than 400 systems have been developed and delivered by the company to the US Army installations to help provide realistic training on Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles.


Image: US military personnel inside a close combat tactical trainer. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.