Sponsored by Meggitt Training Systems
15 Sep 20. Meggitt Training Systems, Inc. to InVeris Training Solutions, Inc. Name Change Effective immediately, Meggitt Training Systems, Inc. will change as follows: InVeris Training Solutions, Inc. Due to the volume of authorizations requiring amendments to reflect this change, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense Trade Controls is exercising the authority under 22 CFR 126.3 to waive the requirement for amendments to change currently approved license authorizations. The amendment waiver does not apply to approved or pending agreements. All currently approved DSP authorizations identifying Meggitt Training Systems, Inc. will not require an amendment to reflect the change to InVeris Training Solutions, Inc. A copy of this website notice must be attached to the currently approved license by the license holder. Pending authorizations received by DDTC identifying the old name on the license will be adjudicated without prejudice. A copy of this website notice must be attached to the approved license by the license holder. New license applications received after October 10, 2020, identifying the old name on the license will be considered for return without action for correction. All currently approved agreements will require an amendment to be executed to reflect this change. The agreement holder will be responsible for amending their agreement. The executed amendment will be treated as a minor amendment per 22 CFR 124.1(d) and must be submitted as such. New DSP-83s must be executed as a result of the name change, as applicable. Pending agreement applications that require amending must be brought to the attention of the assigned Agreements Officer by the agreement holder. The necessary changes will be made prior to issuance when the Agreements Officer has been notified. A copy of this website notice must be maintained by the license holder and presented with the relevant license to U.S. Customs and Border Protection at time of shipment. (Source: glstrade.com)
16 Sep 20. DiSTI to develop DTTs for US Army M1 Abrams battle tank. Virtual training solutions provider DiSTI has secured an order to deliver Diagnostic Troubleshooting Trainers (DTT) for the US Army’s M1 Abrams battle tank. Virtual training solutions provider DiSTI has secured an order to deliver Diagnostic Troubleshooting Trainers (DTT) for the US Army’s M1 Abrams battle tank. The $4.7m order also requires DiSTI to provide the necessary classroom hardware for the programme’s execution.
Overall, enhanced Abrams DTT training will include 80 maintenance and troubleshooting lessons and procedures.
The simulated platform is the M1A2 SEP v3 Abrams M1A2 SEPV3 (System Enhanced Package), which replicates the current configuration of the Abrams main battle tank (MBT) in service with the US Army.
The DiSTI solution will help students to train in an advanced 3D learning environment and acquire necessary skills for the maintenance of Abrams tanks.
As decided, the Abrams DTT trainers will be installed at Fort Benning in Georgia, Gowen Field in Idaho, and Fort Lee, Virginia.
DiSTI CEO John Hayward said: “The M1 Abrams tank has been around for nearly 30 years but it is still the world’s premier main battle tank.
“The M1 Abrams remains a revolutionary machine that requires the sophisticated and immersive training that DiSTI’s virtual training solutions can provide.”
DiSTI provides the US Army with training solutions to improve readiness and efficacy of the forces.
Last month, the company won an order to develop DTTs for the US Army and Army National Guard’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV).
The contract required DiSTI to provide a total of 200 maintenance and troubleshooting lessons and procedures.
This year, DiSTI also secured a contract to upgrade the Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (C-RAM) Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System (LPWS) Operator and Maintainer Trainer (OMT) for the US Army. (Source: army-technology.com)
15 Sep 20. RAF, USAF and RNLAF participate in Exercise Point Blank. The airforces of the UK, the US and the Netherlands have participated in the Exercise Point Blank 20-04 over the North Sea.
Over 50 aircraft joined the exercise, including US Air Force (USAF) F-15s and KC-135s, Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16s and F-35As, British Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons, and USAF Global Strike Command B-52s.
Point Blank is conducted quarterly in the UK by the USAF and RAF. It is aimed to boost the combat readiness and tactical proficiency of the US, the UK and other Nato forces.
The multilateral exercise will help personnel hone the skills to deter potential foes and enhance interoperability.
The fourth and fifth-generation Defensive Counter Air integration focused exercise also saw the participation of the US Marine Corps (USMC) and RAF’s F-35Bs.
RAF Officer Commanding 617 Squadron commander Mark Sparrow RN said: “This has been a fantastic first step in 617 Squadron operations with the USMC’s VMFA 211 Squadron, as we prepare to embark on HMS Queen Elizabeth as a team.
“The exercise provided excellent integration training for the F35B s with our US, Dutch and the Typhoon Force colleagues.
“This integration is key to Lightning operations and Exercise Point Blank is the first of the many important steps needed to create a fully integrated Carrier Strike Group ready to deploy next year operationally for the first-time on board HMS Queen Elizabeth.”
In March last year, personnel from the US and UK airforces participated in the latest iteration of exercise Point Blank in Yorkshire, UK. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
15 Sep 20. Exercise Rapid Trident 20 set to begin in Ukraine. Exercise Rapid Trident 20, an annual Ukrainian-hosted and US Army Europe-led multinational training exercise, is set to begin this week.
Exercise Rapid Trident 20, an annual Ukrainian-hosted and US Army Europe-led multinational training exercise, is set to begin this week.
The exercise is scheduled to take place at the International Peacekeeping Security Centre near Yavoriv from 16-25 September.
Around 4,100 personnel from nine allied and partner nations are expected to participate in this annual drill.
In a statement, US Army Europe said: “Approximately 4,100 service members from nine allied and partner nations will participate in the exercise, including approximately 160 US soldiers from the Illinois Army National Guard’s 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, serving at Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine (JMTG-U) since July 2020.
“Participation also includes an estimated 15 US military and civilian personnel from the US Army Reserves, US Army Europe, 7th Army Training Command, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, and US Special Operations Command Europe.”
Exercise Rapid Trident 20 seeks to improve battle-readiness among the forces and develop interoperability through a brigade-level computer-assisted exercise with platoon-level manoeuvre training.
Additionally, the forces will take part in security and stability operations.
The drill was rescheduled in September due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The size, scope and scenario of the exercise were also modified to ensure the safety of the participating forces.
Ukraine has confirmed more than 163,000 Covid-19 cases as of 15 September. The death toll has crossed 3,300.
Globally, the disease has claimed more than 928,000 lives and infected 29 million people. (Source: army-technology.com)
16 Sep 20. Soldiers Assure Operational Readiness for Global Partner Exercise. U.S. soldiers from the 557th Medical Company Area Support, Baumholder, Germany, conducted COVID-19 testing during Exercise Noble Partner 20 at the Vaziani Military Base Training Area near Tbilisi, Georgia, Sept. 10, 2020.
To minimize the spread of the virus and preserve the safety and readiness of the force, the Defense Department and the Department of the Army have partnered with the Republic of Georgia to achieve acceptable results for troop safety. U.S. and Georgian medical personnel are working together to screen and test soldiers on the Vaziani Military Base Training Area throughout the exercise. Operational readiness is vital during a global public health crisis.
“Each soldier was administered a COVID-19 test at their home station 72 hours prior to coming to Georgia,” Army Sgt. Carlos Mayfield, a combat medic with the 557th MCAS and noncommissioned officer in charge, said. “They must have received a negative response on that test. Upon arriving in Georgia, all the documentation with the negative test results was provided to the host nation.”
All U.S. soldiers are required to complete COVID-19 upon entering and exiting quarantine to reduce the risk of exposure and transmission in Georgia.
Mitigation measures put in place required exercise modification and changes. Some of the changes included additional testing, physical distancing, hand washing and wearing personal protective equipment such as face masks. Elements of Noble Partner 20 were altered, such as the planning timeline and training events within the exercise.
The Georgia Army National Guard remained committed to the exercise despite their ongoing involvement in their country’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Maurice Taylor, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 177th Brigade Engineer Battalion, arrived in the country of Georgia to support the unit’s mission and work with Georgian defense forces.
“We’re in a different country,” Taylor said. “I think we need to show that we can train soldiers and be safe at the same time. My soldiers know that if they have something going on, they can let the medical guys know.” Army Col. Jason Fryman, Noble Partner 20 U.S. Exercise director, realizes the importance of protecting the force.
Fryman said all traffic in and out of the training area is restricted, and there are PPE and social distancing requirements for all soldiers. Soldiers are going through random testing to ensure the control measures in place are effective.
U.S. forces routinely work and train with Georgian defense forces conducting various exercises. The U.S. Army’s presence in Europe promotes stability across the Caucasus Region and across Europe. Participation in joint multinational exercises enhances professional relationships and improves overall coordination with allies and partners during a crisis. The multi-domain realistic training improves interoperability and partnership capabilities among participating nations while enhancing global security. (Source: US DoD)
14 Sep 20. Procurement of New Training Aircraft Suspended. The SK 60 training aircraft, which has been around for many years, will be replaced with a complete so-called Basic Trainer Aircraft system. FMV has started a procurement and requested tenders. But the procurement has now been canceled, and FMV has informed all bidders of that.
“We canceled the procurement in August. We had not received a tender that met all the requirements,” said Andreas Säf Pernselius, Project manager at FMV.
Right now, the situation at both FMV and the Swedish Armed Forces is being analyzed, where preparatory work is underway.
The need for a replacement for SK 60 remains. The goal is for the new training system to be ready at Malmen in Linköping for the first batch of pilot students in the summer of 2023. (Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com) (Source: defense-aerospace.com/Swedish Defense Materiel Agency, FMV)
14 Sep 20. L3Harris Technologies-Led Team to Help Transform US Air Force Flight Simulator Training.
- Team includes L3Harris, CAE USA, CymSTAR, Dell Technologies and Leidos
- Team will lay groundwork for updated training infrastructure
- New standards will lead to enhanced cyber security and enable remote software updates
L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) will lead a team to help transform the U.S. Air Force’s flight simulator training used to help develop highly skilled air crews.
The L3Harris team – including CAE USA, CymSTAR, Dell Technologies and Leidos – will support the Air Force’s Simulators Common Architecture Requirements and Standards (SCARS) program, which will integrate and standardize the service’s aircraft training simulators.
The team will help the Air Force develop a set of common standards for simulator design and operation. Simulators are built by multiple providers using unique interfaces, which makes training updates difficult. SCARS’ stricter cybersecurity criteria will enable the Air Force to link simulators together, perform remote software updates and enrich the training environment.
There are approximately 2,400 simulators across 300 locations that will be updated with the new common architecture over the next few years. The initial task order covers nine sites and integrates new standards into the A-10 and KC-135 platforms.
“The future of Air Force training is here. The L3Harris team will transform the simulator infrastructure and provide the Air Force with increased cyber security and a common operating environment,” said Todd Gautier, President, Aviation Systems, L3Harris. “The integrated solution will allow the Air Force to grow into multiple platforms and provide crews with a more realistic training environment.”
“As we move to multi-domain operations, there’s an increased focus on commonality and interoperability for all Department of Defense training efforts,” said Lt. Col. Rick Jaime, Materiel Leader, Operational Training Infrastructure at the U.S. Air Force. “We look forward to working collaboratively with our prime and partners to create a unique approach to synthetic training environments. These are capabilities that will integrate into broader training systems in the future.” (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
14 Sep 20. Australia to build new maritime security training facility. The federal government has announced the development of a new training facility for maritime security operations. The Morrison government has revealed it will fund the construction of a Maritime Security Training Centre in Darwin to facilitate maritime security exercises between Royal Australian Navy and other Australian Defence Force personnel.
According to Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds, the new training facility will “cater for an expected increase in training requirements”, with the new Arafura Class offshore patrol vVessels (OPV) to conduct border protection and maritime patrol missions alongside other Australian vessels and regional partners.
“The Maritime Security Training Centre will support northern Australian based ADF members in the maintenance of competencies required to undertake operational boarding tasks,” Minister Reynolds said.
The Department of Defence is expected to approach industry stakeholders for design development support later this year, with a construction time frame of 2021-2022.
Minister Reynolds and senator for the Northern Territory Dr Sam McMahon said this is the latest of several government-backed projects that would support the defence industry amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
“The Morrison government remains committed to delivering capability for the ADF and backing defence industry as the economy recovers from COVID-19,” Senator McMahon said.
“This is another example of the way we are working to keep the wheels of defence industry here in the Northern Territory turning through these challenging times.”
This follows the government’s announcement of a multimillion-dollar investment into Northern Territory-based defence SME capability last week.
The Commonwealth government has committed to $490m worth of investment into critical defence infrastructure across the Northern Territory as the nation embarks on the largest defence build-up and modernisation since the Second World War. (Source: Defence Connect)
Meggitt introduces the next generation of immersive training — the FATS® 180MIL.
Delivering 180° high definition projection and 5.1 surround sound, the FATS 180MIL increases training realism, heightening awareness and proper use of force responses. Three borderless screens fit into almost any space with at least a 10’ tall ceiling, providing a 150” X 84” (16:9 aspect ratio) borderless projection surface. It also includes:
- Military Validation – The same high-fidelity ballistic engine validated by the US Army, USMC and other military customers.
o Provides accurate ballistic characteristics in flight.
o Supports and enforces the proper fundamentals of marksmanship.
- Immersive Training – Supports both 3D Marksmanship and Judgmental training.
- Courseware – Delivered with full array of training courseware.
- Hit Detection System – Three digital cameras interface directly with Off-CPU real-time (OCR) processor used by FATS® 100 system for easy upgrade path.
- Projectors – Ultra short throw projectors provide freedom of movement, displaying stunning visuals in 180°environment.
- Low-Light Subsystem (optional) – Practice in simulated low-light conditions with hand-held and weapon-mounted flashlights.
- Rack – Uses same transportable rack as the FATS 100 system.
- Realistic Sounds – Self-powered audio system plays scenarios in 5.1 surround sound. Using directional sound effects board, the instructor can incorporate unsettling sounds from any direction, including barking dog, crying baby, gunshots and more to elevate situational awareness.
- Supports up to 60 simulated weapons, including FATS weapons and ammunition types. Up to 4 simulated weapons can be assigned to a single user.
With the FATS 180MIL, users feel they’re in the action, facing decision-making pressures while maintaining situational awareness.