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ACCEPTS HOBART CLASS
COMMAND TEAM TRAINER
– March 27, 2017 –
Today marks an Alliance first, with the
Commonwealth’s acceptance of the Hobart
Class Command Team Trainer at HMAS Watson
in Sydney, signifying the first delivery of an
entire system for the Air Warfare Destroyer
(AWD) program. This shore-based support
system has been in development for nearly a
decade, and it will enable the Royal Australian
Navy (RAN) to train their future crew members
on the combat system prior to operational
deployment on the destroyers.
This significant milestone provides the
opportunity to recognise that the AWD program
has moved into a new phase focused on
delivering advanced technology and capability
to the RAN.
AWD Alliance General Manager Paul Evans
commented on this achievement. “We have
transitioned from the theoretical architect and
design phase to the actual application of this
technology, further establishing industry’s role
as a fundamental input into capability for
Defence,” he said.
“The delivery of the Hobart Class Command
Team Trainer is the first in a series of
capabilities that we are providing to Defence
in the near-term including delivery of the
first Air Warfare Destroyer, Hobart, to the
Commonwealth later this year,” said Mr Evans.
Developed by a Raytheon Australia-led
team within the Alliance, the Hobart Class
Command Team Trainer system is a significant
improvement over existing Command Team
trainers currently in service with the Royal
Australian Navy. By recreating the ship’s
Command Information Centre using some of
the very same software and hardware that
will operate onboard the AWD’s, including the
Aegis Weapon System software, the system will
provide the RAN with the opportunity to educate
its personnel in true-to-life training scenarios.
The simulation capability of the system
allows instructors to dynamically change the
scenario on the fly by inserting enemy fighters
or ships relevant to the training situation.
It also allows instructors to pretend to be
friendly or enemy ships and interact in the
scenario independently – hence creating a
real world feel to the training. The creation of
accurate simulated scenarios also includes
the ability to produce realistic visuals of the
natural environment such as sea state and all
weather conditions. This complete simulated
environment built around AWD’s unique
combat system will allow the future Air Warfare
Destroyer Command Team to train more
effectively to fight and win at sea.
The Hobart Class Command Team Trainer
brings to life the Navy’s concept for a ‘Ship
Zero’ capability which is aimed at maximising
the effectiveness of training ashore to minimise
training in ships at sea – thereby increasing the
availability of the Navy’s fleet for operations.
AWD Program Manager Commodore
(CDRE) Craig Bourke also commented on the
significance of this capability for the RAN. “The
introduction of the Air Warfare Destroyers and
the Australianised Aegis combat system into
the RAN later this year will provide a significant
surface combatant capability for the RAN.
“The Hobart Class Command Team Trainer
system is one of several facilities providing RAN
personnel with the training necessary to realise
the full capability of the new Hobart Class Air
Warfare Destroyers,” said CDRE Bourke.
Credit: CoA / Craig Barrett
RHEINMETALL TO SUPPLY ROYAL
THAI NAVY WITH STATE-OF-THE-
ART TRAINING FACILITY
– April 5, 2017 –
The Royal Thai Navy has awarded Rheinmetall
another important order in the field of maritime
training simulation. Under the contract,
Rheinmetall’s Simulation and Training unit will
supply Thailand with a turnkey system known as
the Naval Warfare Training Simulator (NWTS).
Worth several million euros, the order includes
construction of a new building, including
infrastructure. The facility is scheduled to go into
operation in the third quarter of 2019.
Based on Rheinmetall’s Action Speed Tactical
Trainer (ASTT), the Royal Thai Navy’s NWTS
will be used to prepare personnel for a variety
of combat scenarios, e.g. engaging mines as
well as surface, aerial and underwater targets.
In executing the order, Rheinmetall can draw
on its comprehensive expertise in the domain
of maritime simulation, in which naval forces
around the world already place their trust. Here
too, Rheinmetall’s tried-and-tested Advanced
Naval Synthetic Environment (ANSE) software
will come into play, enabling rapid generation of
In addition, the new training facility can be
connected to the Royal Thai Navy’s existing
Submarine Command Team Trainer (SCTT)
and Anti-Submarine Warfare Simulator (ASWS)
systems, both of which were also supplied by
Rheinmetall. This networking capability offers
great potential for generating new, even more
sophisticated and realistic scenarios in all three
of the training systems.
The new order underscores once again
Rheinmetall’s leading role in in the field of
training and simulation.
Rheinmetall tactical trainer
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