Elbit Systems UK has taken control of the functioning of the Royal Navy’s (RN) Maritime Composite Training System (MCTS), as part of the Selborne programme.

MCTS is a software-based simulator system, which replicates the RN warship’s warfare operation rooms to allow the trainees to practice, develop and hone their warfare skills.

The Selborne programme involves modernising the shore-based training for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

A Capita-led consortium, Team Fisher, which includes Elbit Systems UK, Raytheon UK, Fujitsu, the University of Lincoln and other industry partners and suppliers, won the contract under the programme.

The beginning of operations is a major milestone accomplished by Elbit Systems as the Synthetic Training Integrator in the programme within Team Fisher.

The company will now employ more than 60 personnel for a wide range of roles including manufacturing and engineering.

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Elbit Systems UK CEO Martin Fausset said: “Elbit Systems UK is proud to have reached this key milestone in delivering transformational training capabilities for the Royal Navy, as we formally take control of the systems crucial to the effective training of our Naval forces.

“As part of this, we are delighted to be welcoming over 60 new personnel into Elbit Systems UK, to support our ongoing work for the UK Armed Forces.”

As Synthetic Training Integrator, Elbit Systems UK will also be responsible for introducing upgraded simulation systems to provide transformed training to the sailors and marines.

Elbit Systems UK will further manage and operate the Royal Navy’s warship and submarine warfare team of trainers.

Besides, the company will be responsible for providing a complete suite of training courses for the RN’s sailors assigned at the sea.