$12.4M to Saab for U.S. Army Digital Gunnery Ranges
Saab received a $12.4 million contract from lead integrator General Dynamics Information Technology to produce field simulators and moving and fixed targets for five gunnery ranges for the U.S. Army. The ranges are part of the Army’s Digital Range Training System (DRTS) program that provides live fire gunnery training facilities for soldiers in a training environment using live simulation and after action review capability with position location, video imagery and digital vehicle information. DID has more on the futuristic DRTS program…
The DTRS program is run by the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) in Orlando, FL. The PEO STRI operates instrumented ranges that are live, virtual and constructive gunnery and tactical complexes. The ranges enable individual, crew, platoon and Combined Arms Live-Fire Exercises (CALFEX) that incorporate digital information systems. DRTS provides the infrastructure for Abrams, Bradley and Stryker live-fire gunnery qualifications. Beginning in FY 2011, Apache gunnery will be included as well.
Instrumented ranges support Live-Fire Exercises (LFXs) for individual and crew weapon skill qualification and sustainment, for collective training events at local training areas, for combat training centers and in tactical force projection environments. Range Operations (ROPS) personnel use the results of training exercise plans to prepare DRTS for exercise execution. During exercise execution, ROPS personnel use range sub-systems to provide realistic friendly, neutral and threat simulators to collect audio, video and digital training data. After exercise execution, DRTS sub-systems support training data analysis, preparation, presentation and feedback for After Action Review (AAR). The DRTS is an evolutionary system of systems, rather than a revolutionary end state. As training requirements and technology mature out of the spiral development process, this may become the basis for controlling future enhancements and integration requirements.