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Australia shortlists simulation requirement

17th July 2017 - 11:13 by Trevor Nash in RAF Fairford

Australia shortlists simulation requirement

Australia has down-selected two consortia to compete for its JP 9711 Core Simulation Capability (CSimC) requirement.

CSimC is aimed at upgrading and expanding the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) simulation capability to support live, virtual and constructive integration.

Two teams, one led by Northrop Grumman and the other by Lockheed Martin, have been successful while the Thales-led team that featured BAE Systems Australia and General Dynamics did not made the cut.

Northrop’s team includes CAE, Cubic and DXC Technology while Lockheed Martin is working with Calytrix and NEC.

Phase One of the project involves system development and integration, test and evaluation, and validation and verification of the core system. 

The ADF is enthusiastic about the adoption of networked simulation to improve its training capabilities and initiatives such as the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Plan Jericho is designed to transform the RAAF for 'the information age… [to become] a fifth-generation air force'. 

'We will work with army and navy to ensure we deliver a networked future joint force across the spectrum of air, space, electromagnetic and cyber,’ the ADF said.

Part of that transformation includes an increase in networking and the recent ADF Exercise Diamond Thunder that was conducted in June highlighted the ADF’s intent.

The exercise networked F/A-18, E-7A and C-130J simulators through the ADF’s Defence Training and Experimentation Network (DTEN).

The next phase of JP 9711 will see another round of tendering before the eventual winner is selected in around 12 months.

There’s a lot to play for with both teams having considerable expertise in the field of networking and distributed training. 

There is little to call between them with both Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin having extensive experience with the USAF’s distributed mission training programme. CAE and Calytrix have also worked closely with the ADF over recent years to facilitate networked training.

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