Lockheed Martin is awarded a contract for combat vehicle training system to the U.S. Army.
As the prime contractor, Lockheed Martin will partner with Swedish defense company, Saab to provide a simplified training solution that combines multiple vehicle crew training systems into a single product line.
The order value of the contract is about $288 million with deliveries taking place between 2017 and 2018.
Managed by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), the system includes training kits of laser detectors and transmitters to equip military trucks, training weapons, and armored vehicles. The new Instrumentable Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (I-MILES) Vehicle Tactical Engagement Simulation System (VTESS) program will allow seamless integration with the Army’s existing Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement Systems.
This system enable soldiers to conduct live, highly realistic combat exercises using their existing platforms and weapons systems.
Leveraging Lockheed Martin’s SciosLive™ baseline, I-MILES VTESS components were designed to make the system easier for individual soldiers to manage and operate in the field. Compared to the current MILES Tactical Vehicle System, the Lockheed Martin system is smaller, lighter and features simplified components.
Saab will provide laser simulators, detectors and electronics developed by them to the VTESS system.
”This contract is a result of the combination of skillsets and capabilities from both Lockheed Martin and Saab. Saab has long experience of deliveries to the U.S. Army in its own right and we see this new joint approach as a natural evolution of that good relationship. Together with Lockheed Martin we will deliver a training system that provides the Army with the best training capability for future needs”, says Åsa Thegström, head of Training & Simulation at Saab Dynamics.
“Through VTESS, we are changing the way vehicle crews take part in training exercises with a system that is both robust and simple to use. We are providing an open architecture solution that will enable the U.S. Army to expand how they train soldiers and allow them flexibility in integrating third party components, both now and the future” says Sandy Samuel, Vice President, Training and Simulation Solutions, Lockheed Martin.