Saab and Lockheed Martin have received a vehicle tactical engagement simulation system (VTESS) code modernisation change order from the US Army.
The modification will enable the US Army to change its initial order placed under the original contract awarded by the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) in July last year.
The $288m contract involved the delivery of a VTESS firing and targeting system for combat vehicles to enable soldiers to conduct live, highly realistic combat exercises using their existing platforms and weapons systems.
Under the Skr160m ($17.7m) change order, the two companies will update the current instrumentable multiple integrated laser engagement system (IMILES) VTESS hardware and software.
This will make the system compatible with internationally accepted Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization laser interface standards, which in turn will allow the US military to train together with Nato and other allies.
Saab Defense and Security USA president and CEO Erik Smith said: “This new capability will allow users operating in multi-national settings to train more effectively together.
“It will also provide a development path forward to A-TESS; the US Army’s next generation of tactical engagement simulation systems.”
The change order will help integrate one-way and ballistic simulations, and provide integration into a common optical communication architecture, as well as enable legacy MILES to interoperate with the upgraded systems.
Lockheed Martin training and simulation solutions vice-president Tom Gordon said: “By merging multiple legacy systems’ capabilities into the VTESS product configuration, this multinational capability provides significant sustainment advantages, enabling cost-effective future enhancements and growth for our customers.
“The VTESS code modernisation increases interoperability to conduct force-on-force training, addressing current training needs while supporting emerging army training requirements and systems.”