NGRAIN has been selected by the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) to supply a series of NGRAIN Virtual Task Trainer (VTT) solutions to help improve maintenance training and operations for vehicles and devices.
The solutions will be used to boost the Canadian Army‘s expedient route operating capability (EROC) vehicles and electronic counter measures (ECM) devices.
NGRAIN chief executive officer Gabe Batstone said: "By using NGRAIN interactive simulations to visualise complex systems and procedures, members of the Canadian forces have a cost-effective way to sharpen and retain the maintenance skills they need to use in the field."
Under the contract, the company will supply simulation systems for the army’s recently acquired Buffalo mine-protected clearance vehicle (MPCV) and Husky mine detection vehicle.
The Buffalo power pack removal virtual task trainer and the Buffalo transfer case virtual task trainer provides the soldiers with real-time maintenance procedures scenarios, which allows them to efficiently carry out critical tasks in a short space of time.
The simulators will be used in the schoolhouse environment and also by the combat engineer units to keep the vehicles in serviceable condition.
The Husky and the ground penetration radar (GPR) virtual task trainer will train vehicle operators and technicians in safe and efficient removal and installation of the Husky GPR, designed to locate improvised explosive devices (IED) hidden by insurgents.
To be used in a classroom for practical exercises and as an instructional aid, the VTT will facilitate system overviews, animations, and interactive models for exploration, observation and virtual practice.
According to the company, the VTT solutions will help personnel from the Canadian forces to obtain and retain maintenance skills required for the systems that are designed to protect soldiers against IED threats.
To boost force protection equipment maintenance, the company will also supply the portable counter measures (PCM) virtual task trainer and the mobile counter measures (MCM) virtual task trainer, which nullifies radio frequencies used to detonate IEDs.
NGRAIN has also been tasked to supply the air brakes system virtual task trainer for the Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics (CFSAL), to help train operators on the 31 steps that are necessary for safely operating an air brakes equipped vehicle.