Thales has won a contract from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and in Source Support (BAAINBw) to upgrade the German Navy's tactical and procedural trainer (TVTM) at the naval training centre (MOS) in Bremerhaven.
Under the contract, the company will upgrade and modify the IT infrastructure at the tactical training centre. The infrastructure had not been updated for more than ten years.
Work is expected to be completed by August 2018.
BAAINBw S6.3 project manager Brunhilde Henze said: "With this project we solve the deterioration problems of existing systems and increase the capabilities of the tactical naval centre by participating in national and international simulated training and mission preparations."
The upgrade programme will include modifications introduced on the procedural trainer, VT-MOS, which prepares sergeants and young officers to be deployed for practical operational service.
Thales will upgrade the TVTM, which trains officers for administration, and commanders and command teams of warships for missions and exercises, as well as TacFloor.
Additionally, a new reference system and a new software development environment will be provided to the simulators.
The upgraded simulation centre is expected to fortify the tactical naval centre to conduct the training of navy operators covering a wide range of ranks at a higher scale.
The previous existing simulation training environment, which was based on the HLA and DIS architecture, will be replaced to facilitate participation in networked simulation exercises on a national and international scale.
In the upgraded simulation centre, the tactical data exchange between the simulated and real participants during a training exercise will occur via Link 11, 16 and 22.
In January 2015, Thales won a contract from the Joint Armaments Cooperation Organisation (OCCAr) to upgrade the fire control system for anti-air missiles integrated on the French Navy's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier.
Image: Thales will upgrade German Navy's tactical training centre. Photo: courtesy of Thales.