15 Jul 21. CAE UK Awarded Contract from Boeing to Provide Poseidon MRA1 Training Support Services for RAF. CAE today announced that CAE UK plc has been awarded a contract by Boeing to provide Poseidon MRA1 training support services to the Royal Air Force (RAF).
The initial five-year contract, awarded during CAE’s fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, calls for CAE UK plc to provide a range of instructors and console operators to support the delivery of training at the Boeing-built Poseidon Strategic Facility located at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. The Boeing P-8A, designated the Poseidon MRA1 for the RAF, is a multi-role Maritime Patrol Aircraft designed for Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface Unit Warfare, surveillance and search and rescue missions.
“We are pleased to partner with Boeing to deliver this critical training to the Royal Air Force,” said Andrew Naismith, Managing Director, CAE UK plc. “The Poseidon will play a key role in the intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance capabilities for the UK and it requires highly trained aircrew to fully maximise these capabilities. We look forward to playing a key role in the preparation and readiness of the aircrew who will operate the Poseidon for the RAF.”
Under terms of the contract, CAE UK will provide a range of rear crew and engineering instructors. Rear crew instructors will deliver training on acoustics, electronic warfare and other sensor and mission systems on the Poseidon. Engineering instructors will deliver training on avionics and other systems required for the maintenance and operation of the aircraft. In addition, CAE UK will provide console operators and controllers who will perform role playing and support functions during training and mission rehearsal exercises.
Boeing will provide the flight instructors to train Poseidon pilots. A significant portion of the pilot training will take place in the two Poseidon Operational Flight Trainers (OFTs) jointly developed by CAE and Boeing. CAE designs and manufactures the Poseidon OFT hardware to Level D standards, the highest qualification for flight simulators.
Source: (Source: ASD Network/CAE)
14 Jul 21. Collins Aerospace to provide JSAS system for Draken Falcon 20 fleet. The new training solution consists of aircraft mounted JSAS pods and a ground station. Collins Aerospace has signed an agreement with Draken Europe to install its Joint Secure Air combat training system (JSAS) for the latter’s Falcon 20 fleet. Draken Europe, which acquired Cobham Aviation Services’ Falcon 20 fleet of training aircraft, will use JSAS to provide next-generation operational readiness training to the British Royal Navy and the British Royal Air Force (RAF).
The new training solution features aircraft-mounted JSAS pods and a ground station, developed in partnership with Leonardo DRS.
It supports secure, live, virtual and constructive (LVC), multi-domain collective training.
The system uses software-defined radio (SDR) hosting multiple waveforms to provide high capacity and multi-hop mesh networking.
Draken Europe CEO Paul Armstrong said: “We are incredibly excited to receive these highly advanced next-generation systems to enhance our training capabilities and improve interoperability with our military customers.
“Our continued investment in this area, together with our extensive operational experience, allows us to adapt and optimise our training efforts to reflect the ever-changing threat environment that our customers face in reality.”
Collins noted that the system will be modernised with a next-generation Tactical Combat Training System – Increment II (TCTS II) pods’ variant.
These pods enable fully encrypted interoperability with all coalition platforms across legacy P5 and future P6 Air Combat Manoeuvring Instrumentation waveforms.
In addition, the pods are based on Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS).
They will be cleared for flight on the Falcon 20 fleet, with first trials expected by the end of this year.
JSAS pods are already operational with the US Air Force and US Navy for training and analysis.
Collins Aerospace Integrated Solutions vice-president and general manager Heather Robertson said: “JSAS enables the warfighter to train and improve joint tactics, techniques and procedures in a secure environment against a peer adversary threat, unlike anything that has been seen in the past.”
15 Jul 21. BAE contracted to provide training and support for UK-Qatar Hawk squadron. The firm will provide Qualified Flying Instructors to train the QEAF and RAF pilots.
BAE Systems has secured a six-year contract to support the training operations of the joint UK-Qatar Hawk squadron.
Under the contract, BAE Systems will deliver live and synthetic training to Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) and British Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots.
BAE Systems will provide Qualified Flying Instructors (QFI) to train the QEAF and RAF pilots.
In April, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed plans to establish a joint operating unit with Qatar for the Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft.
The Hawk family of aircraft is manufactured by BAE Systems.
It has been developed in four configurations, namely the Hawk 50, the Hawk 60, Hawk 100, and Hawk 200.
BAE Systems Qatar Hawk Programme head Noel Henderson said: “Working closely alongside the UK Ministry of Defence, we have started to mobilise this service by delivering, installing and commissioning equipment ready for the arrival of the first aircraft.
“We are proud to support the delivery of training expertise to the new joint squadron and we are recruiting and training personnel through our Qatari joint venture partner company BSL, which recently established a UK entity.
“These highly-skilled people will work alongside the QEAF and the RAF as part of the Whole Force team.”
BAE Systems noted that the company delivers availability support and training to a fleet of over 650 Hawk aircraft worldwide.
In August last year, the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Hawk Mark 127 aircraft underwent a structural testing programme conducted by engineers from BAE Systems and the Australia Defence Department.
Last October, the UK and Qatar signed a statement of intent to boost defence ties between the two countries. This agreement outlined how the UK will provide a base for the nine Hawk aircraft of QEAF acquired by it.
15 Jul 21. Australia and the US begin joint military exercise Talisman Sabre 2021. More than 17,000 troops from the US and Australia will participate in Talisman Sabre.
Australia and the US have commenced the Talisman Sabre joint exercise that is held every two years in Australia.
The exercise, which started on 14 July and runs until 31 July, is designed to enhance the interoperability between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the US Armed Forces.
Over 17,000 troops from both nations are participating in Talisman Sabre.
According to media reports, a Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) surveillance vessel travelled south to monitor the exercises being conducted as part of Talisman Sabre.
The Australian military is reportedly monitoring this surveillance ship sailing towards the Australian coast.
Local media reported that similar vessels were sent by China to monitor Talisman Sabre in 2019 and 2017.
Australia Defence Minister Peter Dutton told reporters: “We’ve seen in previous operations that the Chinese have a presence and we have been monitoring that for some time.
“We obviously expect they operate according to international law and we would expect nothing less if we were traversing through international waters close to China as well.”
Besides the US, forces from Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the UK will participate in Talisman Sabre 2021.
Meanwhile, Australia-based personnel from India, Germany, Indonesia and France will observe the exercise.
ADF Deployable Joint Force Headquarters commander major General Ellwood said: “Council is excited to welcome Exercise Talisman Sabre to the district. Hinchinbrook residents should not be alarmed at the increased Defence personnel presence and are requested to take care on local roads as there may be increased Defence vehicle movement.
“Exercise Talisman Sabre reflects the strength of the Australia-US Alliance and the close and enduring nature of our military-to-military relationship.
“It is a powerful demonstration of the breadth and depth of the Alliance, which includes strong people-to-people links, world-leading capability innovation and highly interoperable forces.”
Due to the ongoing pandemic situation, there will not be any public viewing opportunities this year for the exercise. (Source: naval-technology.com)
14 Jul 21. USAF participates in Bulgarian Air Force-led exercise Thracian Star 21. Thracian Star 21 is a tactical level field training exercise being conducted at Graf Ignatievo Air Base in Bulgaria. The US Air Force’s (USAF) 555th Fighter Squadron (FS) is taking part in the Bulgarian Air Force-led tactical level field training exercise Thracian Star 21. More than 150 personnel and multiple F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the FS will train alongside the airforces of Bulgaria, Romania and Greece.
Thracian Star 21 is being conducted at Graf Ignatievo Air Base in Bulgaria. It began on 9 July and will run through 23 July this year.
It is intended to enhance interoperability, combat effectiveness and survival awareness when operating in a dynamic high-threat environment.
US Air Force 555th Fighter Squadron commander lieutenant colonel John Ryan said: “These types of exercises emphasise interoperability and give us the opportunity to learn how to work together and learn how to fight together.
“It’s a mix of air-to-air, air-to-ground, and long-range intercept training. Then there’s also a fair amount of air-to-ground training. During this exercise, the 555th FS has the opportunity to employ a variety of munitions here at the ranges in Bulgaria.”
The 555th FS crew will train and test their capabilities in quick forward deployment, sustainment operations, and coordination missions with partner militaries and allies.
Participating in exercises such as Thracian Star 21 will improve professional relationships and also enhance overall coordination with allies and partners, noted the USAF.
Alongside pilots, airmen will also get an opportunity to hone operational and tactical skills in a new environment in such exercises.
Ryan added: “Any time there’s major conflict, what we learned over the years is we’re not going as a single country, we’re going to do it as a coalition of some sort.
“To take advantage of these opportunities is not beneficial for just us, but for all of the participants.” (Source: airforce-technology.com)
12 Jul 21. US and allied navies conclude Exercise Pacific Vanguard. The exercise is designed to strengthen maritime operations in the multilateral environment. Maritime forces from the US, Australia, Japan, and the Republic of Korea have successfully concluded the annual quadrilateral maritime exercise, Pacific Vanguard (PACVAN) 2021.
The event, held in Australian waters, was designed to boost the interoperability of the navies and provide an opportunity to hone warfighting skills.
HMAS Brisbane commanding officer commander Aaron Cox said: “Exercise Pacific Vanguard builds on the strong and longstanding relationship between the Royal Australian and United States navies and reflects our shared commitment to robust navy-to-navy relationships across the region.
“Our fleet has enjoyed multiple chances to work with the United States Navy this year and the crew of Brisbane is eager to test their skills with USS Rafael Peralta and show how our capabilities combine.”
The exercise involved joint surface-to-air missile firing on the East Australian Exercise Area (EAXA).
In addition, the event included several training activities, such as surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and ship-to-ship communications.
The Royal Australian Navy Hobart-class destroyer, HMAS Brisbane, Japanese ship Takanami-class destroyer Makinami, South Korea’s Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin-class destroyer ROKS Wang Geon, and the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta participated in the exercise.
Collins-class submarine HMAS Rankin (SSG 78) and aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) also represented Australia in the exercise.
USS Rafael Peralta commanding officer commander JJ Murawski said: “Pacific Vanguard gives the US and its allies a venue for high-end training that will contribute to our ability to effectively work together to face current and future threats.
“Continuing to develop the bonds between each of our navies and our ability to operate together will help to ensure the stability of the Indo-Pacific region.” (Source: naval-technology.com)
13 Jul 21. US Army and JGSDF complete exercise Orient Shield 21-2. The event is the largest army exercise in terms of troops and equipment deployment since the pandemic began.
The US Army and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) have completed their bilateral field training exercise (FTX), code-named Orient Shield 21-2 (OS21-2), in Japan.
The exercise commenced on 7 June with the deployment of 1,600 soldiers and hundreds of equipment from the continental US to multiple training locations across Japan.
It included participants from the 40th Infantry Division, 1st Battalion 28th Infantry Regiment, 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade – SFAB, and JGSDF Middle, 17th Field Artillery Brigade,38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as well as Northern and Western Armies.
JGSDF staff chief general Yoshihide Yoshida said: “The security environment surrounding Japan has become increasingly severe.
“Whatever happens, the Japan-US land component will cooperate closely to enhance deterrent and operational capability and contribute to the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region.”
Before the start of the exercise, the USNS Fisher with Military Sealift Command delivered more than 150 units of equipment, which included aircraft and ground vehicles to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.
For the first time, a ‘large, medium-speed roll-on/roll-off’ (LMSR) was docked in mainland Japan.
In addition, the US Army’s 3rd Infantry Division participated in OS21-2 for the first time and the units executed bilateral Air Assault, Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT), medical evacuation, and mortar training.
During the exercise, soldiers and JGSDF members were exposed to multiple unique geographical training environments such as the ‘guard and protect mission’.
Field training exercise Orient Shield 21-2 proved that the US Army and JGSDF could execute multi-domain and cross-domain operations throughout Japan.
These operations included ‘live, virtual, and constructive’ aspects of lethal long-range precision fires, joint watercraft system movement, bilateral targeting, aviation operations, guard and protect missions, as well as integrated air defence capabilities, among many others. (Source: army-technology.com)
12 Jul 21. US Navy’s Expeditionary Strike Group 2 achieves FOC status. The FOC declaration follows the recent completion of the maritime-focused exercise Baltic Operations Exercise 2021. The US Navy’s Expeditionary Strike Group 2 (ESG2) has achieved a major milestone with the declaration of fully operationally capable (FOC) status of Echelon IV Maritime Command Element.
The declaration follows the recent completion of the maritime-focused exercise Baltic Operations Exercise 2021 (BALTOPS), the multi-domain two-week exercise in 6th Fleet.
With the achievement of the FOC status, ESG2 staff can now provide a Command Element to lead a series of operations to include amphibious warfare, traditional humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief.
ESG-2 rear admiral Robert Katz said: “ESG-2 realising its full operational capability as a Maritime Command Element afloat or ashore was the culmination of a two-year training effort.
“Participating in both live and synthetic exercises, ESG2 proved it can project USMC, joint, and coalition power to the shore.”
In February, ESG staff participated in USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN-69) Carrier Strike Group’s (CSG) Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) as part of the FOC criteria.
In support of the exercise, ESG2 staff and the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade executed a synthetic Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO).
Katz added: “ESG2 and all assigned forces must be ready to answer a variety of missions. My watchwords are Initiate, Communicate and Educate.
“We must be working with these in mind in order to strengthen and build highly effective teams.”
The BALTOPS exercise involved participation of 16 NATO and two partner nations with over 40 ships, 60 aircraft, and more than 4,000 personnel. (Source: naval-technology.com)
12 Jul 21. European Union to establish military training mission in Mozambique. The military mission will train and support the Mozambican Armed Forces to address the crisis in Cabo Delgado province.
The European Union (EU) has agreed to establish a military training mission in Mozambique to help the government address the growing insurgency in the province of Cabo Delgado.
The move comes after the Mozambican authorities sought EU help amid a recent increase in violence.
The military mission will train and support the Mozambican Armed Forces to fight the insurgents. Particularly, the mission will focus on the capacity building of the units that will become a part of a future Quick Reaction Force.
The Mozambican forces will also receive specialised training on counter-terrorism, operational preparation and on the protection of civilians among others.
Initially, the mission will continue for two years.
The EU did not provide details on the overall size of the deployment. However, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told Reuters that around 200-300 soldiers can be deployed to Mozambique by the end of the year.
Portugal has already sent some troops to Mozambique to conduct a training programme.
In a statement, the EU said: “The EUTM Mozambique mission commander will be the Director of the Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC), Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean.
“Brigadier General Nuno Lemos Pires, a Portuguese national with over 38 years’ experience in command positions, including many in international missions, will lead the mission on the ground as force commander.”
Notably, the crisis in Cabo Delgado province has been deteriorating since 2017 triggering internal displacement of more than 700,000 people. The EU estimates that at least 1.3 million people require immediate humanitarian assistance and protection. In March, the EU launched a $5.95bn off-budget fund to maintain international peace, boost stability and security. The fund is for a seven-year (2021-2027) period. (Source: army-technology.com)
13 Jul 21. UK, US and Dutch naval forces conduct integrated at-sea exercise. The exercise saw Ronald Reagan CSG and Task Force 50 operate alongside the UK Carrier Strike Group. US, UK and Dutch naval forces have conducted a large scale combined, bilateral surface, air and sub-surface joint interoperability exercise in the Gulf of Aden. The exercise included a set of training activities designed to improve maritime interoperability and showcase integration between the UK, Dutch and US naval forces. The UK Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08), USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike groups (CSG), and the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), participated in the exercise.
This year, the Iwo Jima ARG is operating for the second time alongside the UK CSG, following an exercise off the coast of Scotland in May.
Ronald Reagan CSG and Task Force 50 commander rear admiral Will Pennington said: “Our team was proud to operate alongside the UK Carrier Strike Group during this unique opportunity to hone the full scope of our mutual capabilities.
“By operating together at sea, we deepen our coalition partnerships and extend our global reach throughout the region’s critical waterways.”
Other participating units in the exercise included F-35B Lightning II JSF from RAF 617 Squadron and USMC Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), anti-submarine frigate HMS Richmond (F 239), and guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67).
The training included practising tactics and procedures covering anti-air warfare (AAW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), and anti-submarine warfare (ASW).
The naval forces performed precision manoeuvring, long-range maritime strikes, and layered defence and enemy submarine hunting against simulated threats and adversarial forces.
UK CSG commodore commander Steve Moorhouse said: “The aircraft carrier is the ultimate expression of global maritime power.
“Queen Elizabeth, Ronald Reagan and Iwo Jima symbolise the might of the US and UK partnership, and the ease with which our naval and air forces can combine here in the Gulf of Aden, or anywhere else in the world.”
13 Jul 21. UK German Nato Air Policing’s integration training ends. During the training, a German Eurofighter detachment integrated into the RAF Nato enhanced Air Policing mission. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) and the German Air Force have completed the latest round of UK German Nato Air Policing integration training. The cooperation between the forces is intended for a mixed British-German detachment to execute Nato’s Air Policing. During the training, a total of 40 military personnel from the German Luftwaffe’s Tactical Air Wing 71 ‘Richthofen’ joined the 180 RAF 121 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) for approximately three weeks.
The forces executed combined Nato Air Policing integration training from Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base.
It also included a German Eurofighter detachment working jointly on the RAF Nato enhanced Air Policing (eAP) mission in Romania.
RAF deputy commander operations air marshal Gerry Mayhew said: “On the 60th year of Nato Quick Reaction Alert this joint deployment re-enforces the commitment of both the RAF and the Luftwaffe to achieving a joint Nato Air Policing mission.
“The next step will be the signing of a Common Declaration on UK and German Eurofighter/Typhoon interoperability, which the air chiefs look forward to signing when they next meet. This important document will facilitate future combined exercises and operations between our nations.”
In April, the Germany-based Nato Air Command officers gave formal accreditation for the RAF’s 121 EAW for the eAP mission.
Both the German and British airforces regularly train together. However, they are currently executing independent Nato Air Policing missions.
Currently, both allies are working on a programme of ‘interoperability and integration training’, for flying and aircraft engineering.
During this year’s Nato Air Policing mission, the two Nato allies conducted ‘armed Quick Reaction Alert’ training scrambles and intercepts for the first time.
121 EAW commanding officer wing commander Lamping said: “We have demonstrated a high degree of interoperability, both on the ground and in the air, as we continue to work towards a future deployment that will have UK and German personnel fully integrated.” (Source: airforce-technology.com)
12 Jul 21. IAEA Breaks Ground on Training Centre to Counter Nuclear Terrorism. The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, today broke ground for a new facility that will help strengthen countries’ abilities to tackle nuclear terrorism in areas such as the illegal trafficking of nuclear material and the physical protection of facilities and major public events.
The IAEA Nuclear Security Training and Demonstration Centre will be located at the IAEA facility in Seibersdorf, 30 km south of Vienna, Austria, and is scheduled to be operational in 2023. The construction of the Centre was marked with a groundbreaking ceremony today attended by Director General Grossi and Member State representatives.
“This Centre will help us in supporting countries to remain ahead of the curve in guarding against nuclear terrorism,” Mr Grossi said. “It will reinforce the central role the Agency plays in this area of international importance.”
The Agency has been offering training in nuclear security since the early 1970s. Requests for such training, however, have increased in recent years due, in particular, to the 2016 entry into force of the Amendment of the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) – the most significant international legal instrument in the fight against nuclear terrorism. In addition, the need to support Member States in the protection of nuclear material has become greater as more countries embark on nuclear power programmes or start construction of research reactors.
The Centre will provide more than 2000 square meters of specialized technical infrastructure and equipment. Hands-on training will be conducted on demonstration systems and virtual reality environments. These platforms will emulate security systems used at nuclear power plants, research reactors and border crossings. Participants will practice procedures on access and alarm controls, inspect physical protection systems, better understand computer security risks, and learn how to sweep an area for radioactive material during major public events, among other activities. Exercises at the training centre will also strengthen capabilities in radiological crime scene management and nuclear forensics.
The Centre, and the multi-purpose building that will house it, has so far drawn over €11.3 m in extra-budgetary funding, indicating strong support from IAEA Member States to the Agency’s work in nuclear security. Saudi Arabia pledged €8.3m, the United Kingdom pledged €2m and the United States of America pledged €1m.
“Thanks to the great generosity of our donor countries this new facility will expand the topic areas covered by the IAEA’s Seibersdorf complex,” Mr Grossi added. The IAEA Seibersdorf facility houses eight nuclear applications laboratories working in food and agriculture, human health, environmental monitoring and assessment, as well as two safeguards analytical laboratories for nuclear verification.
The IAEA opened the facility at Seibersdorf in 1962 with fewer than 40 staff members and has since significantly expanded it as demands for its diverse services increased. Roughly 250 staff currently work at the facility.
09 Jul 21. Tigerfish Tests Warfighting Proficiency of Aircrews. Navy’s submarine-hunting and anti-surface warfare helicopters have successfully completed Exercise Tigerfish, proving the warfighting proficiency of aircrews from No. 816 Squadron.
MH-60R Seahawk helicopters from the Nowra-based squadron dropped recoverable exercise torpedos and fired precision air-to-ground missiles and rockets at various surface and sub-surface training targets off the eastern coast, in order to practice, develop and demonstrate their ability to employ weapons system against realistic targets.
Overall, 16 weapons were employed during the two weeks of the exercise. It was the culmination of significant collaborative effort by units of the Fleet Air Arm and supporting agencies.
Flight Commander No. 816 Squadron’s Flight 1 Lieutenant Commander Matthew Hudson said the importance of the exercise to advancing aircrew skills could not be overstated.
“The success of Tigerfish has been crucial in furthering the MH-60R capability and increasing the lethality of our operational aircrews,” he said.
“For participating aircrew, the exercise provided a valuable opportunity to hone complex skills obtained in aircraft simulators with live weapons and real-world environments.”
Aviation Warfare Officer Lieutenant Eliza Josey said she was eager to put her synthetic training in simulators to use with real-world ordnance.
“The training benefit we receive from firing live weapons is invaluable and the opportunity to employ multiple weapons gives a crew the ability to enhance their skill sets and tactical appreciation for how we would actually fight,” Lieutenant Josey said.
For No. 816 Squadron maintenance teams, exercising the procedures for loading live ordnance helps ensure effective training to support aircraft entering potential conflict.
Petty Officer maintenance manager Matthew Cooney said the exercise gave his team a chance to increase familiarity with the complexities surrounding live weapon loading procedures.
“Participating in Exercise Tigerfish enables us as maintainers to refresh and put into practice the skills that we have previously been taught,” he said. Navy has a fleet of 24 MH-60Rs across No. 816 and No. 725 Squadrons. (Source: ASD Network/MoD Australia)
09 Jul 21. Royal Australian Navy reselects Cubic to provide simulation support. Under the new two-year $6m contract, Cubic will provide a broad range of simulation planning and technical support services. Cubic Defence Australia has been reselected by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) to support Navy Synthetic Warfighting Centre (NSWC). The new contract has a two-year period and is valued at approximately $6m (A$8m). It will see Cubic Defence Australia provide a broad range of services such as simulation planning and technical support.
It will also help professional interactors to improve RAN’s multisite synthetic training events at the NSWC. Since 2017, Cubic’s live, virtual and constructive (LVC) simulation technologies have been installed within the NSWC organisation. Cubic is also contributing to the research and development (R&D) of future simulation technology. According to the company, this technology will enable major and minor fleet units to conduct distributed mission exercises. Cubic Defence Australia general manager Miles Macdonald said: “NSWC Cubic continues to foster strong customer relationships at all levels, ensuring the team continues to deliver on the services.” In August 2017, the RAN awarded a four-year contract to Cubic Defence Australia for the development and provision of local and distributed simulation-enabled training events. Besides its latest contract with the RAN, Cubic was contracted to provide support to Fleet Force Generation Directorate (FFGD), located at Fleet Headquarters in New South Wales (NSW). In March, Cubic secured an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for the US Navy’s Sailor 2025 Ready, Relevant Learning (RRL) FY-2021 Content Conversion programme. (Source: naval-technology.com)
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