Cubic to provide I-TESS II laser-based training system for USMC

24 June 2013 (Last Updated June 24th, 2013 18:30)

The US Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded a contract to Cubic Applications to provide an advanced instrumented-tactical engagement simulation system (I-TESS) II.

The US Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded a contract to Cubic Applications to provide an advanced instrumented-tactical engagement simulation system (I-TESS) II.

Under the contract, Cubic will deliver I-TESS II next-generation laser-based tactical training system to simulate the stresses and threats of actual combat, while providing an immersive training capability for USMC.

Cubic Defense Applications president Dave Schmitz said the I-TESS II system will offer a safe environment to prepare troops for combat.

"Our system expands on existing training technology by offering a new battlefield effects simulation interface module to replicate the effects of improvised explosive devices," Schmitz said.

The fully integrated ground combat training system provides direct fire and indirect fire engagements.

"Our system expands on existing training technology by offering a new battlefield effects simulation interface module to replicate the effects of improvised explosive devices."

"Our technology also includes lighter weight wireless detection systems for laser weapons fire against arines, vehicles and structures, which tells marines that they have been hit and the extent of the damage," Schmitz added.

Featuring small-arms laser transmitter, the I-TESS II system comprises rocket-propelled grenade and AT-4 antiarmour simulators, man-worn and wireless vehicle laser detection, and mobile and portable command and control systems.

Additional equipment in the system includes audio and visual effects to simulate hand grenades, and tracking and engagement gear for vehicles and fixed structures, as well as GPS and radio system to provide real-time tracking of individuals and vehicles.

The simulator will also support small unit training such as indoor and outdoor military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) training and can fully integrate live, virtual and computer-based constructive elements as part of the requirement besides integrating multiple units for combined arms training.

USMC will receive the I-TESS II system to replace its ageing generation systems at the US Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia.

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