The US Marine Corps (USMC) Systems Command Program Manager Training Systems has awarded a contract to software company FAAC to upgrade the service’s combat convoy simulators (CCS).
The competitive award is valued at up to $28.9m and has a maximum duration of 57 months.
The project is initially set to receive $17.7m in funding and could include an additional amount of up to $11.2m via various contract options.
FAAC is expected to upgrade the hardware and software of the seven in-service CCSs as part of the base award contract, which are located across five USMC sites.
The scope of the contract options includes installation efforts, contractor logistical support and upgrades for two US Navy CCS systems, in addition to travel and other direct costs.
FAAC president Kurt Flosky said: “FAAC is very pleased to have been selected by the Marine Corp Systems Command to refurbish CCS and play a role in ensuring marines have a state-of-the-art training system to prepare for their combat missions.
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“Our solution leverages Department of Defense investments in other programmes, plus our own corporate capabilities in the area of vehicle / crew-coordination simulators and use-of-force training systems to provide the marines with an open, modular product that is easy to maintain and upgrade in the future.”
FAAC’s CCS solution offers an immersive training environment for convoy operations and is intended to provide training for vehicle crew members in both vehicle and small-arms weapon utilisation.
The simulator can be used to train command and control procedures, as well as crew responses to improvised explosive device attacks, ambushes, growing enemy tactics and countermeasures.
FAAC is a subsidiary of US-based defence and security solutions provider Arotech’s Training and Simulation Division.