The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has awarded a contract to Kongsberg Digital to deliver two new K-Sim Full Mission Bridge simulators.
The new equipment will expand training capabilities at the HMAS Watson Bridge Simulator Facility in Watsons Bay, Sydney.
RAN Command and Navigation head commander Chris Doherty said: “Our simulator training requirements continue to grow and Kongsberg has shown the flexibility to support our requirements, even in a compressed timeframe.
“This latest delivery reflects the depth of our partnership, as well as the importance of high-quality simulator training to the safety and operational performance of our people and fleet.”
The two simulators being procured for installation at Watsons Bay will be used for the ongoing training of RAN officers and sailors.
The training covers all levels of ship handling, navigation, warfare, and bridge management courses.
Kongsberg Digital Sales vice-president Mark Stuart Treen said: “The navy continues to grow its navigation and engine room training capacity using K-Sim simulators, and we are committed to providing the technology and support that ensures trainees are always ready for their role on board new and existing ships.”
In August last year, the Australian Department of Defence announced more than A$80m ($57.50m) investment to expand and upgrade the RAN simulation trainer fleet.
The latest agreement follows Kongsberg’s previous contracts with RAN for the delivery of multiple shiphandling and engine room simulators for training facilities across the country.
In November last year, the company secured a contract to supply simulators for installation at a new training facility at HMAS Stirling in Perth.
Kongsberg said that the demand within the RAN’s training pipeline was triggered by the acquisition of new ship classes.
RAN is preparing to receive two Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessels.
The service will also receive new Hunter-class anti-submarine frigates and Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels.