Australian Navy Boosting Simulation and Training

By Vivienne Machi
Maritime warfare officers in simulations training

Photo: Royal Australian Navy

As the Royal Australian Navy enhances its live, virtual and constructive training capabilities, a subsidiary of Cubic Global Defense will develop and deliver a series of simulation-enabled training systems and products to the service.

Cubic Defence Australia was selected to provide a range of simulation services — including planning, technical support and professional interactors — to the country’s Navy Synthetic Warfighting Centre, or NWCS, according to a recent company press release.

Cubic will design and deliver synthetic training systems and networks involving a combination of dedicated simulators, which will be distributed to naval vessels to support individual and collective training, the release said.

The company will be supporting the navy “in the development, delivery and evaluation of LVC training events,” said Miles Macdonald, Cubic Defence Australia’s general manager in an email. That will include the establishment of both designated simulators and operational vessels, he added.

Cubic will also help develop different scenarios and manage training delivery, Macdonald noted. Priorities will be driven by the Australian navy’s requirements, but are expected to involve “a range of complex warfighting scenarios, aimed at training and testing [Royal Australian Navy] personnel and crews in challenging operational contexts,” he said.

The four-year contract is valued at over $7 million. Training will be delivered on an ongoing basis with the number and nature of the training events being driven by the service’s operational requirements, but the company anticipates supporting activities throughout the year, Macdonald said.

The NWCS was established in July at the HMAS Watson Naval Base on Sydney Harbour, Australia, and will facilitate synthetic training events through live, virtual and constructive technology, he said. It will also focus on delivering local and distributed missions training activities in both land-based simulators and ships, he added.

Cubic also provides training, as well as simulation systems and services, to the Australian army and the Royal Australian Air Force.

Topics: Training and Simulation, Global Defense Market, International

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