Kongsberg Maritime has secured a contract to deliver a new engine simulator model to the Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Cerberus training facility located south of Melbourne, Australia.
Awarded by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD), the contract requires the company to build a K-Sim Engine simulator that will run on the existing K-Sim Engine desktop simulator delivered to HMAS Cerberus in 2013.
The customised simulator model is a high-fidelity representation of the engine room configuration on the Landing Ship Dock Auxiliary vessel (LSD (A)), HMAS Choules.
The contract also covers the provision for a Big View interactive mimic, showing 3D virtual systems and fully interactive switchboard mimics for the engine control room.
Kongsberg Maritime Global Sales manager Tone-Merete Hansen said: "Kongsberg Maritime was chosen following the CoA's positive experience of the customised K-Sim Engine full mission simulator delivered in Sydney for the training of engineers aboard the RAN's Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) vessels and the desktop K-Sim Engine simulator delivered at HMAS Cerberus.
"With Kongsberg's support, the LHD Engineering System Trainer (LEST) has significantly improved training for LHD vessel engineering personnel. The new K-Sim Engine LSD(A) model will extend the RAN's training capabilities, offering the same operational benefits through high quality simulation training."
Part of the DoD's implementation plan to increase the use of simulators in training, the LSD model corresponds to the general simulator capability in HMAS Cerberus (NMP 1930).
The simulation-based training is expected to increase the efficiency of the training and the operational availability of platforms while reducing the risks during training.
Image: Royal Australian Navy's Marine Technician teaches a class in the Marine Technician Lead in Simulator with Kongsberg's K-Sim Engine room simulator at HMAS Cerberus. Photo: courtesy of Commonwealth of Australia.