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06 Feb 19. SGI Global Awarded Department of State Office of Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) Explosives Incident. Countermeasures Curriculum Rewrite/Update and Instructional System Design Contract. SGI Global, LLC (SGI) was awarded a prime contract for the United States Department of State, Office of Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) to provide an expert development team responsible for updating all training materials and curriculum for ATA’s new course that will combine elements of the former Explosive Incident Countermeasures (EIC) and Advanced Explosive Incident Countermeasures (AEIC) courses. The new EIC Course will be taught to participants from select U.S. partner nations throughout the world. SGI provides highly experienced law enforcement Bomb Squad Commanders to serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to work with an Instructional Systems Designer (ISD) to create the comprehensive EIC Course Update, complemented with practical exercises which reinforce the learning objectives to provide participants with state-of-the art skills and techniques that are necessary in the handling and safe disposition of explosives.

ATA is responsible for providing training and technical assistance to enhance the capabilities of the police and security forces of U.S. partner nations to predict, prevent, respond to, and mitigate terrorism. To meet this requirement, ATA collaborates with independent contractors to develop and deliver law enforcement training to these selected foreign governments. The ATA program has served as the primary provider of U.S. Government antiterrorism training to law enforcement agencies of partner nations throughout the world and has delivered counterterrorism training to more than 90,000 law enforcement personnel from 154 countries. SGI provides a range of services that combat transnational criminal, drug trafficking and insurgent organizations in asymmetric environments around the world. Our law enforcement-centric investigative and training services, intelligence support, financial crimes expertise, security assessments, information technology services, and logistics capabilities make SGI a trusted high-value partner to US Government agencies, partner nations and the commercial sector worldwide. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

07 Feb 19. Aussie munitions manufacturer supports next-gen ADF training. Queensland-based munitions company NIOA has taken on two ADF interns to provide next-generation training support and offer a glimpse of how the defence industry works. Leading Australian small arms and munitions manufacturer NIOA has partnered with the Department of Defence to provide ADFA cadets with exposure to the defence industry, nurturing relationships and building bonds that benefit both sides of Australia’s defence and national security apparatus. NIOA has established itself as a trusted Defence prime, and the placement of ADF interns in real world defence industry is mutually beneficial. NIOA took on two high-quality Defence cadets:

  • Pilot Officer Nathan Widdup is currently in his fourth-year studying mechanical engineering at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Once he graduates, he will commence work as an Armament Engineer in the Royal Australian Air Force.
  • Pilot Officer James Kuang is currently a fourth-year student studying a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering at UNSW Canberra. As an Air Force engineer, PLTOFF Kuang will need to actively and effectively engage with defence industries.

While studying, both Pilot Officers are undertaking six weeks of work experience at NIOA, where they are working in support of several current weapon and munitions projects.

Mark Osborn, NIOA ammunition technical manager, said there are many reasons why NIOA accepts work experience students, including:

  • Feedback to other interns on how defence industry works and providing them with the knowledge they need to liaise with the industry in the future;
  • Providing interns an insight into the multiple facets of a commercial organisation from supply, engineering, maintenance and testing; and
  • Learning about military issues and structure through discussions with interns.

By partnering with NIOA, interns also gather an understanding of how engineering is undertaken in industry as opposed to Defence. They gain understanding on how Defence policy and decisions influence industry on a daily basis and it provides knowledge to assist their decision making process when they have future dealings with industry. (Source: Defence Connect)

06 Feb 19. Vertex Aerospace secures USAF T-1A logistics contract extension. Vertex Aerospace has received a $97.5m contract extension with the US Air Force (USAF) to manage and sustain the base supply of its T-1A Trainer Fleet aircraft. The company has delivered contractor support, including logistics and maintenance services, for over 170 T-1A aircraft since the USAF procured the Jayhawk aircraft in 1992.

Vertex Aerospace logistics director of programmes John Hall said: “Vertex is proud to continue its history of supporting the T-1A aircraft since its delivery to the US Air Force in 1992. We remain committed to providing solid, dependable contract performance in support of the critical mission of training the next generation of US Air Force pilots.”

Vertex services the medium-range, twin-engine aircraft at four USAF bases located in Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, and one Naval Air Station in Florida. T-1A is an advanced version of T-1 Jayhawk, which is manufactured by Raytheon and Hawker Beechcraft and derived from the commercial Beechjet 400A aircraft. The aircraft features Collins avionics and is capable of flying at a maximum speed of 955km/h. The renewal comes after the company won a $35m contract to support the USAF C-12 programme. Vertex provides logistics support services to the C-12 fleet in more than 20 locations throughout the US, Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, and Honduras. Other USAF aircraft delivered by the company previously include T-38, T-6, and KC-10. (Source: airforce-technology.com)

04 Feb 19. British Army Selects Bohemia Interactive Simulations to Lead a Pilot Programme Examining VR’s Potential for Defence Training. The British Army has awarded a contract to Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), a global developer of advanced military simulation and training software, to demonstrate the art of the possible using virtual reality, machine learning and cloud computing for the Army’s Collective Training Transformation Programme (CTTP). The pilot has been made available through the Defence Innovation Fund, MOD investment into innovation. BISim will work under the VR In-Land Training (VRLT) Pilot Programme, a British Army CTTP initiative charged with exploring the use of VR for collective land warfare training and identifying the potential benefits and effectiveness of VR for military training and simulation. The VRLT Programme will help make recommendations on the impact, affordability, innovation and exploitation of VR for UK defence training.

BISim will help deliver a series of training events for the pilot programme demonstrating VR and MR (mixed reality) capabilities using BISim products. The training events will use VBS3, BISim’s flagship desktop training software, VBS Blue IG, the company’s high-performance whole-earth image generation software, and VBS STE, a prototype whole-earth desktop trainer that combines the power of the VBS3 simulation engine with high-fidelity VBS Blue IG visuals.

As part of the announcement of BISim being awarded the pilot contract, Brigadier Bobby Walton-Knight CBE, Head of Training Capability for the British Army and the Collective Training Transformation Programme Director, commented: ‘The British Army is always looking to see how technology can support capability. Working with Bohemia Interactive Simulations, and their partner organisations, this is an exciting opportunity to see how we can take advantage of a blend of real and virtual training to better train and prepare our soldiers for current and future operations.’

BISim has subcontracted Cervus Defence and Security Ltd, a UK company with expertise in capturing and leveraging defence training data, to illustrate the potential benefits of data capture and machine learning-driven analytics for military training. BISim will also demonstrate innovative technology to show how the cloud can be used and how BISim products and Army training systems can work from the cloud.

“With BISim‘s strengths in virtual simulation, image generation, and VR, its knowledge of the British Army and defence domain, and its key role in the U.S. Army’s STE (Synthetic Training Environment) programme, we are very well placed to work with the British Army to deliver VRLT and ensure that, should the technology show promise, it can be introduced coherently with other training and simulation systems,” said Rusty Orwin, BISim’s UK Head of Sales. “We’re also pleased to work together with Cervus, a company that has considerable experience in data analysis and training event design and assessment through their national and international work, including the Army and Niteworks.”

Cervus Defence’s HIVE Insight Engine will be configured to receive collective training data from VBS3, VBS Blue IG and VBS STE. HIVE is a COTS Training Measurement and Evaluation (TM&E) service that harvests and categorizes a large variety of individual and collective training data, processing this information and analyzing it before delivering insights using machine learning and visual reporting tools.

“As a specialist company, we are bringing a set of innovative data capture and analysis techniques in support of this pilot. We are looking forward to demonstrating our TM&E credentials in a UK virtual environment and supporting the VRLT team in providing evidence-based insights into the impacts of Virtual Reality in training,” said Alan Roan, Cervus’ Managing Director.

BISim began exploring the potential of VR for defence training in 2013 starting with the Oculus Rift DK1. By 2015, BISim’s VBS3 offered out-of-the-box support for the Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE support was added in 2016 through the Open VR (OSVR) SDK. VBS Blue IG (a high-performance, CIGI-compliant, 3D whole-earth image generator) was introduced in 2018 and is ideally suited for VR applications. BISim started working on VR directly with military customers towards the end of 2015, most significantly with the U.S. Navy on a VR-based pilot training system that included virtual hand gestures generated through the Leap Motion system. BISim’s work in this domain has expanded to evaluating and developing augmented (AR) and mixed reality (MR) systems for other military organisations.

About Bohemia Interactive Simulations

Founded in 2001, Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) is a global software company at the forefront of simulation and training solutions for defence and civilian organizations. Our mission is to harness the explosive potential of technology to revolutionize training and simulation. BISim utilizes the latest game-based technology and a large, experienced in-house team of engineers to develop high-fidelity, cost-effective training and simulation software products and components for defence applications. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

01 Feb 19. IFAD delivers integrated JTAC trainer to Danish forces. A newly developed combined F-16 aircraft simulator and Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) trainer was delivered to the Danish Fighter Wing Skrydstrup (FW SKP) by prime contractor IFAD in late December 2018.

The complete training system consists of two F-16 simulators in the current Royal Danish Air Force mid-life-update configuration, one instructor station, and two JTAC training systems, all combined in a deployable package. The system was developed over two years, starting in 2016. According to IFAD, an option to expand to four F-16 simulators and two instructor stations with more advanced graphical dome-solutions remains an option.

The core of the system is the PC-based IFAD Forward Air Controller Training Solution (IFACTS), which was first launched in 2007 and has had several subsequent upgrades, including incorporation of an artillery call-for-fire training module. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

23 Jan 19. Bluedrop to Deliver Its First Vehicle Crew Gunnery Simulator. Bluedrop Performance Learning (“Bluedrop”) (TSX-V: BPLI) through its subsidiary Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc has received a $1M contract through the Build in Canada Innovation Program to deliver an innovative new approach to vehicle-based gunnery mission training for land forces.

The vehicle gunnery simulator is an immersive virtual training device to teach, practice, and evaluate remote weapon system crew gunnery skills and communication. The simulator will address target engagement, dangerous malfunctions, firing solutions and techniques as well as vehicle orientation limits (rollover) that may affect gunnery operations in a mission relevant setting. The blend of physical and virtual simulation will heighten mission realism and push the limits of vehicle crew gunnery training available at the operational units. This simulator will be developed in partnership with 5 Canadian Division to help develop new technology.

“Bluedrop is excited to be able to extend our expertise in training and simulation to support innovation within the Canadian Army. We are pleased that this simulator is going to increase access to higher fidelity training at home here in Atlantic Canada” said Jean-Claude Siew, Vice President of Technology & Simulation. (Source: ASD Network)

05 Feb 19. L3 Awarded $120m Contract to Train Air Force B-2 Pilots, Maintainers and Weapons Loaders. L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) has been awarded a $120m contract to continue training United States Air Force B-2 pilots, maintainers and weapons-loading personnel using its B-2 Aircrew Training System. L3 has been the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and provider of the B-2 Training System since 1984.

“We are honored to continue our legacy of providing the Air Force with world-class training and simulation in support of mission readiness,” said Christopher E. Kubasik, L3’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. “We are intensely focused on delivering innovative technologies that align with the demand for pilots and crewmembers who are on the front lines of national security.”

As the OEM with two previous B-2 pilot training contracts, L3 has been the sole source for delivering B-2 Aircrew and Maintenance Training System modifications to fulfill pilot training requirements and to train and certify weapons-loading crewmembers. Training is conducted at the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, in Missouri. In addition, the L3 Training Systems Support Center (TSSC) located at Whiteman Air Force Base provides on-site engineering support.

“L3 is dedicated to ensuring that all Air Force B-2 personnel receive the best training they can for their critical and unique missions,” added Lenny Genna, President of L3 Link Training & Simulation. “Over three-plus decades, we’ve continually enhanced our solution based on direct feedback from the operators. We value our strategic relationship with the Air Force and are committed to offering world-class training for years to come.” (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)


Meggitt Training Systems, makers of FATS® and Caswell technologies, a division of Meggitt PLC, is the leading supplier of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems. Following the acquisition of FATS® virtual training systems and Caswell International’s live-fire ranges and services, Meggitt Training Systems continues to grow its capabilities based on the legacy of these two industry leaders. Over 13,600 Meggitt live-fire ranges and 5,100 virtual systems are fielded internationally, providing judgmental, situational awareness and marksmanship training to the armed forces, law enforcement and security organizations. Meggitt Training Systems employs more than 400 people at its headquarters in Atlanta and at facilities in Orlando, Canada, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, UAE, Australia and Singapore. It can deploy service personnel anywhere in the world for instructor training, system installation and maintenance. Learn more at https://meggitttrainingsystems.com/


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