Technology company Riptide Software has been awarded a new contract for the US Marine Corps’ (USMC) Supporting Arms Virtual Trainer (SAVT) system.
The company will be committed to supporting and improving the SAVT training system for the marines under the $49m deal, which will also involve input from teammates from Cole Engineering and Assured Information Technology.
Riptide noted that the agreement is expected to help increase the operational readiness and tactical proficiency of USMC joint terminal attack controllers (JTAC), forward observers (FO) and forward air controllers (FAC) during supporting arms (SAs) and close air support (CAS) operations.
Riptide Software chief technology officer Barry Clinger said: “This award expands Riptide’s capabilities further into the virtual simulation ecosystem using our technical expertise in combined hardware and software designs to create new training capabilities the marine’s need today.”
The training solution provides a standardised method of training tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) for naval surface fire (NSF), tactical air (TA), artillery and mortar support activities within joint expeditionary operations.
The project is expected to begin this month and will involve a variety of hardware and software upgrades, which will be designed and developed by Riptide Software.
Furthermore, the company will support the Program Manager for Training Systems (PM TRASYS) by delivering training support services and full lifecycle sustainment for SAVT training systems at numerous USMC bases.
The bases that are currently set to receive the services include Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms in California, as well as MCB Kaneohe Hawaii and MCB Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
MCB Camp Hansen, Okinawa Japan, along with the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona, and SAVT Test Berth, Orlando, Florida, will also be provided with support under the arrangement.