US Army awards $159m contract to support live-training exercises

2 May 2019 (Last Updated June 30th, 2020 14:44)

US Army has awarded a $159m contract to Raytheon to support its large-scale exercises at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center located in Hohenfels, Germany, and connected to forces across Europe virtually.

US Army awards $159m contract to support live-training exercises
The exercises connect allied forces anywhere using Raytheon’s Mobile Instrumentation System technology. Credit: Expert Infantry.

US Army has awarded a $159m contract to Raytheon to support its large-scale exercises at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center located in Hohenfels, Germany, and connected to forces across Europe virtually.

Raytheon said that the live-training exercises connect allied forces anywhere using the Mobile Instrumentation System technology developed by the company.

Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services vice-president Bob Williams said: “Raytheon’s technology-enabled training means that location is no longer a restriction to multinational forces training together.

“Data from allied units, located in their home countries, is sent back to Germany allowing leaders to track training from anywhere.”

Raytheon’s Mobile Instrumentation System technology enables distributed training.

“The missile fulfils the US Army’s Precision Strike Missile requirement and is being developed to serve as a replacement for the current Army Tactical Missile System.”

On the ground at JMRC, a range of services, including training area instrumentation, after action reviews and battlefield effects, will be provided by the company to increase realism in training.

In March, the US Army completed the preliminary design review of the new surface-to-surface missile known as DeepStrike developed by Raytheon.

The missile fulfils the US Army’s Precision Strike Missile requirement and is being developed to serve as a replacement for the current Army Tactical Missile System, which is nearing the end of its service life.

In February, Raytheon secured an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity $406m contract from the US Army for the deployment of ARC-231A radio systems.

Valid for the next five years, the contract covers upgrades, production and support for up to 5,000 radios.

The radios will be installed on several US Army platforms, including the UH-60 Black Hawk, UH-72 Lakota utility helicopter and the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.