QinetiQ, in partnership with Inzpire and BAE Systems, has signed a contract with the UK Royal Navy for the delivery of the next concept demonstration phase of the synthetic training solution, called Platform Enabled Training Capability (PETC).

During the first phase of PETC, QinetiQ and Inzpire showed the capability of the operational crew of HMS Kent to train in its own operations room, wherein a realistic warfighting situation was simulated in an immersive environment.

Leveraging secure communications links from Portsdown Technology Park, Portsmouth, the QinetiQ-Inzpire team created the simulated training environment.

This environment, via advanced sensor emulators, was loaded directly into the combat system of the vessel. This process allowed Inzpire’s White Force to execute and direct a training scenario to show the benefit to the operations room team of the vessel.

The second phase of PETC will enable the Royal Navy to take up combined simulated warfare training as one carrier task group despite being geographically dispersed.

It will see the use of digital twin of the combat system of BAE Systems in an effort to facilitate quicker transition in and out of the training environment.

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The combined industry team will emulate the combat systems of several platforms simultaneously in the carrier task group, including the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier. This process will help them to work together in a common, simulated threat environment.

The next phase will show an adaptive solution that allows important warfighting elements of the platforms to be tested in more complex and realistic environment than that can be shown in live training.

Royal Navy senior responsible owner of Defence Operational Training Capability (Maritime) (DOTC(M)) captain Paul Brooks said: “Phase 2 of PETC brings together key capabilities from QinetiQ, Inzpire and BAE Systems to accelerate the demonstration of synthetic collective training to our crews, ensuring they are ready for the demands of a future warfighting environment. It will help us to understand how this training capability fits into the wider DOTC(M) programme.”

QinetiQ  global campaign director for training and mission rehearsal Christina Balis said: “This next phase enables the simulation of high-end warfare and the required interaction between the platforms that is not possible in the live environment.

“In addition, enabling the crew to train while they are on deployment is more cost-effective for the Royal Navy than training ashore, as they can combine the training with other elements of the deployment. As with Phase 1, it is great to see the capabilities at Portsdown Technology Park, combined with Inzpire’s White Force, being used to accelerate the delivery of capability to the Royal Navy.”

The team of QinetiQ-Inzpire-BAE Systems will deliver the Phase 2 of PETC to the Carrier Strike Group in the summer and autumn of next year.

In July this year, The Royal Navy awarded a contract to QinetiQ to evaluate Banshee Jet80+ air vehicle’s military effect aboard HMS Prince of Wales.