Applied Research Associates‘ (ARA) Virtual Heroes Division, a part of the team led by General Dynamics (GD), has been contracted to support the US Army’s live training transformation (LT2) training systems.

Valued at $415m, the live training transformation (LT2) consolidated product-line management (CPM) next contract requires the GD-led team to continue management of the LT2 live training systems that include nearly 300 training ranges worldwide.

The team will help the army to continue to reduce the costs and complexity associated with maintaining its training systems by providing training that scales from individual soldiers to brigades participating in live force-on-force and force-on-target training.

"This is a great win for both the General Dynamics team and the army."

ARA CPM Next programme manager Dr Wesley Milks said: "This is a great win for both the General Dynamics team and the army.

"The GD team has built a strong partnership with PM TRADE, allowing us to evolve together toward our common goal of providing the best training capability at the lowest overall cost."

Under the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, the team will provide innovation through extending automation, consolidation, variation management and reuse, in addition to systems engineering, documentation, testing, deployment, training and logistics.

Combined, the efforts would provide improved training capabilities for the army while reducing costs though increased sharing of common assets, which in turn will enable a greater than thrice the return on investment for fielded products.

Specifically, the contract is expected to provide LT2 Product Line with additional consolidation, automation, as well as streamlining for increased return on investment, training system capabilities, and sustainment efficiencies.

Work under the contract, which is a follow-on to the original CPM programme contract received in 2009, is expected to be carried out over the next five years.

The LT2 product line includes live training systems in support of homestation training, deployed training, military operations on urban terrain training, manoeuvre-combat training centre training and instrumented live-fire range training.