The Australian Defence Industry has signed a contract with Cirrus Real Time Processing Systems for the design and delivery of new and advanced maritime training systems.
A new Tactical Electronic Warfare (TACEW) simulation training system will be developed under the deal, and is intended to ensure that Royal Australian Navy (RAN) sailors are equipped with the latest skills and capabilities to enable them to successfully fight at sea.
The contract is in line with the RAN’s plans to install a common electronic warfare sensor suite across its future fleet.
Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said: “The contract, valued at around $4.4m, will see the development of a tactical electronic warfare training system to provide tuition, assessment and qualification of electronic warfare practitioners across the full range of navy ships, from a single facility ashore.”
The modernisation of training at the School of Maritime Warfare at Royal Australian Navy base HMAS Watson is also expected to help reduce the training burden on vessels at sea, as well as provide a consistent training continuum.
Pyne added: “Navy’s current training facilities are based on the equipment and systems in the Adelaide and Anzac class frigates, but as these systems develop, so too must the training.
“Tactical electronic warfare involves the effective employment of systems, tactics and operating procedures to exploit the electromagnetic spectrum to protect the navy’s ships and people from all manner of threats.”
The training provided by these systems will enable the sailors to gain an enhanced understanding of electronic warfare, and therefore will be skilled enough before they are posted to a ship at sea.
Pyne also notes the training systems will be able to provide scenarios that simulate physical and electronic attacks where control of the electromagnetic spectrum can neutralise the threats.
Additionally, the machines will be capable of loading relevant software to enable the replication of several types of ship, including the layouts of electronic warfare systems at sea.
Cirrus was also awarded a contract for the supply of an ‘Incident Training Application’ (ITA) prototype, which is intended for use in the AN-BYG-1 Submarine Tactical and Weapon Control System.