simulation and training

April 8, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Space Force can employ a rapid “training refresh cycle,” with virtual tools and simulation in between real operations, says Lt. Gen. Chance Saltzman, USSF, deputy chief of Space Operations, speaking at an Aerospace Corp. event on April 8.

As the year-old U.S. Space Force increasingly supports the U.S. combatant commands with space-based capabilities and associated warfighters, the service needs to ramp up its training.

The service’s guardians increasingly face a contested environment in space and must advance their ability and science of conducting space operations, said Lt. Gen. Chance Saltzman, USSF, deputy chief of Space Operations.

“Being in a contested domain radically changes the skills, the experience and the training that our operators are going to have to bring to the fight,” the general said, speaking at an Aerospace Corp. event yesterday.

February 16, 2021
By George I. Seffers
The Army's Synthetic Training Environment is one of three initiatives using data to modernize the service's training capabilities. Credit: U.S. Army

Gen. Paul Funk II, USA, commander of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), outlined three training modernization priorities during his keynote speech at a February 16-17 AFCEA TechNet Augusta Virtual Solutions Series event. The initiatives include developing a prototype of the Army Training and Information System, updating ranges and training aids, and linking live, virtual and constructive training.

September 24, 2020
 

Mass Virtual Inc., Orlando, Florida, has been awarded a $59,272,634 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for virtual training. This contract provides for aircraft familiarization and real-time task manual instruction, simulating real workspaces for occupational safety and health, educational and training purposes. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be complete by September 24, 2026. This award is the result of a sole-source award to an Other Transaction for Prototype awarded in September 2020. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Sustainment Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8501-20-D-0002).

November 18, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
A Santa Monica-based company has developed an augmented reality platform to allow fighter pilots to train in aerial warfare against virtual opponents. Credit: Photo courtesy of Red6 Aerospace.

The ability to train top U.S. military aviators in air-to-air combat usually requires pilots acting as opposing aerial fighters. Representing the enemy in training dogfights is quite costly and dangerous, says Daniel Robinson, RAF (Ret.). Robinson, co-founder and CEO of Red6 Aerospace, developed an augmented reality platform, called Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System, known as A-TARS, that creates virtual opponents, such as the Chinese J-20, for pilots to dogfight against.

August 22, 2019
By George I. Seffers
The Synthetic Training Environment will assess soldiers in enhancing decision-making skills through an immersive environment. U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Damon "DJ" Durall

International partners and allies are showing interest in the U.S. Army’s Synthetic Training Environment, or STE, which will combine an array of technologies such as gaming, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and virtual and augmented reality to converge live, virtual and constructive training.

August 22, 2019
By Beverly M. Cooper
Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, USA, STE cross-functional team director, Army Futures Command, addresses the AFCEA TechNet Augusta conference. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The second revolution in training for the Army environment is underway with the Synthetic Training Environment (STE) (see video below), which will be the first holistic training strategy for the Army, according to Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, USA, STE cross-functional team director, Army Futures Command. The first revolution occurred in the 1980s with the live combat training centers, she said during a keynote address at the AFCEA TechNet Augusta conference.

July 18, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Col. Dylan Morelle (l), USA, demonstration officer, Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Functional Team and Spc. Cody Palmer, USA, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, demonstrate the Army’s One World Terrain platform.

The U.S. Army is adding powerful digital tools to its training and readiness processes that will allow soldiers to fight in dense urban environments, megacities and subterranean areas.

March 22, 2019
 
Soldiers train in a Stryker Virtual Collective Trainer at the Mission Training Complex on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The system was recently fielded to Vilseck, Germany, the first fielding in Europe.   Credit: C. Todd Lopez

The Joint Multinational Simulation Center recently fielded the Stryker Virtual Collective Trainer (SVCT) to Vilseck, Germany, the system’s first deployment in Europe.

The SVCT, which was fielded to Vilseck in January, was developed at the Combined Arms Center-Training – Innovation facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to provide the Army’s Stryker community the capability to train a platoon in a multi-vehicle, virtual environment. Army officials describe the trainer as a low-cost, commercial, game-based simulator that provides a realistic training environment while also being relatively easy to configure and administer.

February 13, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Panelists at West 2019 discuss preparing sailors for the horrors of war. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The U.S. Navy is searching for ways to better prepare its forces for combat conditions, according to officials serving on a panel at the West 2019 Conference in San Diego.

During a question and answer session, the panelists were asked how they can prepare Navy personnel for physically and mentally challenging moments, such as when a hole is blown into the side of a ship.

August 22, 2018
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $356,300,000 hybrid (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, and fixed-price-incentive) contract for Close Combat Tactical Trainer Manned Module modernization. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of August 20, 2028. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (W900KK-18-D-0030).

April 5, 2018
 

Cubic Global Defense, San Diego, California, is being awarded an $11,605,378 firm-fixed-price modification under a previously awarded contract for Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Training Systems Support (MTSS), managed by Program Manager Training Systems, Orlando, Florida. MTSS provides pre-deployment training to Marine Corps (USMC) operating forces within a joint and combined environment to improve USMC warfighting skills.

March 16, 2018
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $3,531,926,800 firm-fixed-contract for Army training aids, devices, simulators and simulations, maintenance, sustainment, operations and support of instrumentation systems and live-fire ranges. Bids were solicited via the Internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (W900KK-18-D-0018).

October 12, 2017
 

On September 29, 2017, Lockheed Martin Canada, Ottawa, Canada, was awarded a $21,439,277 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide development, maintenance and upgrade of the Visual Interactive Simulation Training Application (VISTA) computer based synthetic operations and maintenance trainers in support of the Center for Surface Combat Systems. VISTA is a flexible high-fidelity computer based networked system that provides a training environment for both operation and corrective maintenance tasks on selected combat systems.

August 30, 2017
 

Phoenix Logistics Incorporated of Mesa, Arizona, has been awarded a $44,472,641 combination cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and firm-fixed-price contract to provide the procurement and deployment of the Common Battle Command Simulation Equipment hardware and software licenses. The technology will support the Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation and the Program Manager for Integration Training Environment Joint Land Component Constructive Training Capability program of record. Bids were solicited via the Internet with five received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order. The estimated completion date is August 29, 0222. U.S.

June 16, 2017
 

Rockwell Collins Simulation and Training Solutions, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $34,190,336 firm-fixed-priced contract for procurement of one E2-D Advanced Hawkeye Tactics Trainer in support of the E-2D Hawkeye Integrated Training Systems III effort. In addition, this contract provides for aircraft-to-simulator concurrency updates; aircraft change directives/engineering change proposals to be retrofitted into other Hawkeye Integrated Training Systems (HITS) devices (tactics trainer, simulated maintenance trainer, power plant trainer, aircrew procedure trainer, operational flight trainer); integration and testing of third party software applications; address obsolescence issues acros

June 9, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
Sailors assigned to the Gold crew of the guided-missile submarine USS Ohio test the new submarine bridge trainer at Trident Training Facility Bangor in Washington.

A new submarine bridge trainer recently unveiled at the Trident Training Facility in Bangor, Washington, gives submarine bridge team members a learning experience through interaction with a complex visual and auditory environment.

"This is by far the most advanced trainer that I have experienced at TRITRAFAC [Trident Training Facility] Bangor," said Fire Control Technician 2nd Class Christopher Goetz, USN, assigned to USS Ohio Gold Crew, the test submarine crew for the new trainer. "With the 360-degree view, the vibrations you feel while on the bridge, the realistic wind and climate changes and the high-tech binoculars that let you see into the distance, it really prepares you for being on a real submarine.”

April 3, 2017
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $288,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for Instrumentable Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System Vehicle Tactical Engagement Simulation System acquisition, which will complete the basis of issue and potentially replace older legacy systems. Bids were solicited via the Internet with three received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order; with an estimated completion date of March 30, 2024. Army Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (W900KK-17-D-0003).

 

March 13, 2017
 

Northrop Grumman Technical Services Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $15,687,725 modification (1Q0149) to contract W911SE-11-D-2010 to provide battle command training, technical, exercise, simulation and administrative support services to support the Mission Command Training Center, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, Fort Hood, Texas, and its supported installations (Forts Carson, Riley, Bliss, Sill and Knox). Work will be performed at Fort Hood, with an estimated completion date of September 22, 2017. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance Army funds in the amount of $15,687,725 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S.

February 17, 2017
 

General Dynamics Mission Systems, Laurel, Maryland, was awarded a $9,666,932 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract as a follow-on contract to a previously sole-source contract for the Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Tactical Proficiency Trainer (IEWTPT). The training system and tool set simulates and/or stimulates military intelligence warfighting equipment and tools to replicate the necessary environment required to provide proficiency and sustainment training for military intelligence personnel, battle staff, system operators, collectors and analysts. Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received.

January 19, 2017
 

OST Inc.,* Washington, District of Columbia, was awarded a $248,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract to provide systems engineering and technical assistance support services for Program Executive Office, Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO-STRI); and limited customers related to their mission. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 17 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of January 17, 2022. The Army Program Executive Office, Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (W900KK-17-D-0002).

*Small Business

August 16, 2016
 

Logistics Services International Inc., Jacksonville, Florida (N00189-16-D-Z047); and Technical Software Services Inc., Pensacola, Florida (N00189-16-D-Z048), are being awarded an estimated $167,168,947 in multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price task order contracts to provide reengineering, development and personal computer-simulation services in support of Naval Education Training Command’s Naval Training Products and Services program. Each contract will run concurrently and includes a 33-month base ordering period and 36-month option period. If all options are exercised, the total estimated value of a

May 13, 2016
 

Rockwell Collins Simulation and Training Solutions, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a $12,087,181 multi-year, firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract (Mexico) for a transportable Black Hawk Operations Simulator for the Mexican navy. One bid was solicited with one received. Work will be performed in Mexico, with an estimated completion date of September 11, 2018. Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $12,087,181 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Program Executive Office, Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (W900KK-16-C-0015).

May 6, 2016
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, is being awarded a $424,232,240 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for AN/GPQ-11(V) Threat Radar Emitter Simulations products and services and other target/threat simulators and peripheral equipment in support of the Aircrew Electronic Warfare Tactical Training Range (AEWTTR) project. The AEWTTR provides ground electronic warfare and surface-to-air weapons threats. Work will be performed in Ridgecrest, California, and is expected to be completed in May 2021. Fiscal 2016 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $50,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. Thi

May 6, 2016
 

Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is being awarded a $427,078,399 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide test and evaluation/training threat/target systems for warfighter training and debriefing systems. This effort includes the systems engineering services to determine and deliver components used in creating complex simulated combat environments in support of combat training systems. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, and is expected to be completed in May 2021.

March 14, 2016
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $66,222,453 undefinitized contract action against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020) for the design, development, fabrication, integration, delivery, installation and testing of the technical solution to enable full interoperability of the Distributed Mission Training capability for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida (90 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2018. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $7,239,945 will be obligated at time of award,

March 4, 2016
 

Pinnacle Solutions Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, has been awarded a $14,743,219 modification (P00001) to previously awarded contract FA8621-16-C-6281 for support of the KC-10 training system. Contractor will provide operations, maintenance and sustainment of 39 aircrew training devices and maintenance training devices. These training devices support maintenance and aircrew personnel continuous training at Air Mobility Command, Air Force Reserve Command and Air Education Training Command.

February 9, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Technicians test systems in the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic's Common Submarine Radio Room (CSRR) production area. The curved design of the facility mimics the hull designs of four Navy submarine types, which allows for streamlined integration before systems are installed aboard the subs, and reduces cost and installation time.

Non-submariners can get a rare sneak peek into the bowels of a submarine’s control centers during the upcoming sea services conference in San Diego next week. Well, sort of. It’s not a peek into an actual boat's radio control room, for example, but an opportunity to see and touch equipment that simulates a variety of shipboard systems.

December 21, 2015
 

The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is being awarded a $178,057,663 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-12-C-0112) for the update and modification of P-8A multi-mission maritime aircraft training systems, including 16 operational flight trainers; 13 weapons tactics trainers; and four part task trainers, as well as a training systems support center and electronic classrooms located at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida; Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington; Dallas, Texas; and St. Louis, Missouri. Work will be performed in St.

September 16, 2015
 
An AH-64D Apache attack helicopter departs the flightline under a full moon to conduct operations from Camp Taji, Iraq. Boeing has received a contract for an additional Longbow crew trainer.

Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri was awarded a $12,461,218 modification (P00006) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0086 for one additional Longbow crew trainer for the Apache helicopter program.  Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2018. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $12,461,218 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

September 4, 2015
 

Cubic Defense Applications, San Diego, has been awarded a $16,959,166 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for secure live-virtual-constructive advanced training environment-advanced technology demonstration. Contractor will provide for the development, integration, test and demonstration of live virtual constructive technologies. Work will be performed at San Diego; and Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and is expected to be complete by September 30, 2018. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and one offer was received. Fiscal year 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $7,110,899 are being obligated at the time of award.

July 1, 2015
 

General Dynamics C4S, Orlando, Florida was awarded an $8,730,370 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with options for the Intelligence & Electronic Warfare Tactical Proficiency Trainer. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and engineering funds in the amount of $4,668,383 were obligated at the time of the award. Army PEO Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, Orlando, Florida is the contracting activity (W900KK-15-C-0019).

 

April 2, 2015
 

L-3 Communications Corp., Link Simulation and Training Division, Arlington, Texas, has been awarded a $9,321,619 firm-fixed-price contract for the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System flight crew training system. Contractor will provide program management support, commercial training simulation services for contractor-furnished aircrew training devices, and contractor logistics support for government-owned part task trainers. Work will be performed at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2015. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 operational and maintenance funds in the amount of $3,107,206 are being obligated at the time of award.

March 27, 2015
 

Cubic Applications Inc., San Diego, California, was awarded a $9,380,631 modification (P00009) to contract W91QVN-14-C-0033 for the operation of the Korea Battle Simulation Center. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $4,404,196 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is March 31, 2016. Work will be performed in Korea. Army Contracting Command, Yongsan, Korea, is the contracting activity.

 

March 2, 2015
 

Pro-Active Technologies Inc., Oviedo, Florida, is being awarded a $45,000,000 ceiling-priced indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the development and sustainment of training solutions for the Multi-Purpose Reconfigurable Training System. Work will be performed in Oviedo, Florida, and is expected to be completed in February 2020. Fiscal 2013 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $38,632 are being obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals, as a 100 percent small business set-aside, and four offers were received.

December 22, 2014
 

BSC Partners LLC, San Diego, is being awarded a $13,679,958 modification to exercise an option on a previously awarded firm-fixed-price Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contract (N61340-14-C-0002) under Topic #03-190, helicopter operations aircrew/crew chief trainer. The objective of this SBIR effort is to design, fabricate, install and test MH-60 Naval aircrew training system (S/N 2) and MH-60S aircrew virtual environment trainer (S/N 3) device. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida (90 percent), and Binghamton, New York (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2018.

December 22, 2014
 

The Boeing Co., Seattle, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $171,169,232 undefinitized modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0112) for the procurement of a P-8A training system in support of the P-8A training requirements for the government of Australia. In addition, this modification will include two operational flight trainers, two weapons tactics trainers, one part task trainer, one training system support center and program/training support. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri (90 percent), and Tampa, Florida (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2018.

November 12, 2014
 

Meggitt Training Systems, Suwanee, Georgia, was awarded a $30,575,466 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of 670 indoor simulated marksmanship trainers (ISMT), a three-dimensional, simulation-based system for indoor use capable of instructing in basic and advanced marksmanship, shoot/no-shoot judgment, combat marksmanship, supporting arms and weapons employment tactics. The ISMT system will consist of an instructor/operator station, audiovisual system, host computer, input/output network system and weapons. The ISMT systems will be used both within and outside the continental United States.

October 10, 2014
 

L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, is being awarded a $12,086,117 firm-fixed-price delivery order (0004) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N61340-12-G-0001) for the procurement of two EA-18G Tactical Operational Flight Trainers, one brief/debrief Station, two F/A-18 retrofit kits, spares and associated technical documentation for the government of Australia under the foreign military sales program. Work will be performed in Arlington, Texas, and is expected to be completed in November 2015. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $12,086,117 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

October 10, 2014
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $37,129,230 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI contract (N00019-11-C-0083). This modification provides for nonrecurring efforts associated with the procurement of training spares for Israel and Japan and two full mission simulators in support of Japan’s F-35A Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) Air System for pilot training.

August 22, 2014
 

L-3 Communications Corp., Link Simulation & Training Division, Arlington, Texas, is being awarded $15,548,954 for cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price delivery order 0005 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N61340-12-G-0001) for the procurement of 25 system configuration sets, Navy Aviation Simulation Master Plans, Next Generation Threat System upgrades and 25 liquid crystal display spare kits in support of the F/A-18 Tactical Operational Flight Trainer Suites. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.

August 22, 2014
 

Nova Technologies, Panama City, Florida, was awarded a $55 million modification (P00007) to contract W900KK-12-D-0005 for modification of the fire training system for simulated battlefield training of fire support specialists, joint fire observers and soldiers at the institutional and unit level. Army PEO Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.

August 19, 2014
By Rita Boland

It's very easy to fall into the trap of viewing simulated training as a game. With the prevalence of military-themed video games available to the general public, many people, including troops, grow up, or adapt to, playing virtual war. Despite the fact that I know training is different than playing, and despite the fact that I’d already talked at length with sources who drove home this point, when I went to experience Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS 3) in person, I expected to have fun playing with my avatar.

March 5, 2012
By George Seffers

Rockwell Collins Simulation & Training Solutions L.L.C., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $37,584,481 firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive-fee contract to conduct the E-2C weapon system trainer and simulated maintenance trainer modifications for software modifications and trainer obsolescence upgrades. These trainer modifications will support the E-2C program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.

February 1, 2013
By George I. Seffers
The Joint Cyberoperations Range can include live training, such as a fighter jet flying over a training range, along with virtual and constructive cyber training.

A cyberspace operations facility grows with the burgeoning mission.

The U.S. Defense Department’s network operations training and education capabilities must continually evolve in the ever-shifting cyber realm. To meet that need, one of the department’s premier cyber ranges harnesses the power of simulation to support a full array of training, education, certification and military exercises for the warfighters.