QinetiQ has received a contract from the British Royal Navy to introduce a training variant of the company’s Pointer system to help optimise anti-surface warfare (ASW) training.
The five-year contract is intended to help boost the effectiveness of ASW training on a wide range of weapon systems.
QinetiQ developed the Pointer data analytics and measurement system in collaboration with the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) under a research project aimed at tackling threats presented by small boats.
The system is designed to counter threats from fast in-shore attack craft (FIAC) by providing the link between the command and control function and weapon operators.
The Royal Navy will use the Pointer T system in flag officer sea training (FOST) exercises to improve situational awareness and performance evaluation on a range of platforms.
QinetiQ maritime programmes director Stuart Hider said: “The introduction of Pointer T will provide invaluable feedback and data analytics for FOST trainers while also helping to engage and motivate gunnery teams.
“Countering the current and emerging threats of piracy, terrorist attack and threats from more capable nations, is vital for all platforms, and this advanced training solution will not only improve situational awareness but also help to determine the most effective tactics to employ for any given threat.”
Pointer T is equipped with a weapon-mounted laser range finder and uses encoders to determine the exact position of weapon systems and location of GPS-tracked threats.
In addition, the system determines the nature and impact of ‘hits’. The Pointer system then transmits data that will be displayed in real-time on a portable situational awareness tool.
This will enable trainers to have a view of the performance data to improve training exercises.
Royal Navy surface warfare trainer lieutenant commander Richard Dobson said: “We’re delighted to be working with QinetiQ to ensure our FIAC training benefits from the most advanced data analytics and measurement technologies.
“Pointer T will provide us with a highly responsive and cost-effective system to optimise our training capabilities and performance in FP training against small boats and SWARM (coordinated multi FIAC) serials.”