Xebec, a joint venture (JV) company of CAE USA and Pinnacle Solutions, is set to deliver the first three littoral combat ship (LCS) bridge part-task trainers (BPTTs) to the US Navy.
The delivery announcement was made by CAE USA and Pinnacle Solutions at the CAE OneWorld virtual conference and tradeshow.
According to CAE, the new LCS BPTTs will be transported to the US Navy’s Surface Warfare Schools Command (SWSC) in Newport, Rhode Island.
The systems have already completed factory acceptance testing at CAE’s facility in Tampa, Florida.
Of the three units, two are for the LCS2 Independence-variant and one for the LCS1 Freedom-variant.
Following installation in Newport, the three LCS BPTTs will be put through site acceptance testing.
The company expects the systems to be available for training by the end of April this year.
US Navy LCS Training Systems programme manager Michael Beard said: “The navy is focused on navigation and seamanship training and these Littoral Combat Ship simulators will greatly assist in this endeavour.
“The more training our officers and sailors receive ashore, the better prepared they will be at sea in real life situations.”
The Freedom-variant LCS is constructed by Lockheed Martin in the Fincantieri Marinette Marine’s shipyard.
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works built the Independence-variants LCS 2 and LCS 4. Currently, Austal USA is constructing LCS 6 and subsequent even-numbered hulls in its Mobile, Alabama shipyard.
Xebec is under contract to supply a total of four additional LCS BPTTs to the San Diego, California and Mayport, Florida LCS training facilities.
CAE USA president and general manager Ray Duquette said: “The fidelity and flexibility of the Littoral Combat Ship simulators we have developed will allow the navy to deliver most of the personnel qualification standards training in a simulation-based environment.
“This means when sailors get to their assigned ship they will be better prepared for the navigation and operational assignments required.”