Northrop wins US Army training centre modernisation contract

14 January 2013 (Last Updated January 14th, 2013 18:30)

Northrop Grumman has received a multi-year contract for the modernisation of current instrumentation systems at the US Army's National Training and the Joint Readiness Training Centers (JRTC).

Northrop Grumman has received a multi-year contract for the modernisation of current instrumentation systems at the US Army's National Training and the Joint Readiness Training Centers (JRTC).

Awarded by the Army Program Executive Office of Simulation, Training & Instrumentation (PEO STRI), the contract covers the upgrade of portions of two training centres for a period of six years, as part of the combat training centre instrumentation system (CTC-IS) programme.

Northrop Grumman Technical Services Training Solutions division vice president and general manager Greg Schmidt said the company's approach ensures an affordable communications infrastructure that was needed for the US Army's combat training centres.

"This design increases training realism, timeliness of training performance feedback, and reliability; all crucial factors to ensure our soldiers remain mission ready."

"This design increases training realism, timeliness of training performance feedback, and reliability; all crucial factors to ensure our soldiers remain mission ready," Schmidt added.

Northrop Grumman Technical Services CTC-IS programme manager Nick Tenn said the company had brought commonality among live training systems components and also enhanced communications coverage.

"This will also allow us to maintain interoperability with the current joint and other service training systems," Tenn said.

Overhaul of the range data measurement system and observer controller communication system portions of the range communication system will be carried out by the company at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, US.

Additional responsibilities include modernisation of the observer controller communication system and range data measurement system, which is located at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk in Louisiana, US.

Based on from the Army's Common Training Instrumentation Architecture (CTIA) and Live Training Transformation (LT2) concepts, the CTC-IS project is designed to provide force-on force and force-on-target training for the soldiers through replacement of legacy voice, video, data and target instrumentation systems and networks.

The programme also seeks upgrade of mobile video units, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ground control station interface, forward operations base interface, as well as the fixed and mobile after-action review theatres.