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Cole Engineering snaps up STE deal

15th June 2021 - 11:35 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Soldiers testing out prototypes for the Reconfigurable Virtual Collective Trainer – Ground during the Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Team’s User Assessment. (Photo: US Army/Maj Margaret Ziffer)

Simulation and modelling firm wins a place on one of the priority programmes for US Army modernisation.

Orlando-based modelling and simulation specialist Cole Engineering Services has obtained a $192.61 million contract from the US Army for the Synthetic Training Environment (STE) - Information System Training Simulation Software/Training Management Tool.

The DoD announced on 14 June that Cole Engineering was selected ahead of ten other bids for the work, which will be completed by mid-October 2025.

STE is among the priority programmes for US Army modernisation; other examples include Long Range Precision FiresNext Generation Combat Vehicle, Future Vertical Lift, Air and Missile Defense and Soldier Lethality. Total funding requested for these priorities increased from $9.4 billion in FY2021 to $11.2 billion in FY2022.

Indeed, the FY2022 DoD budget request sees funding for STE increase almost tenfold to $122 million. This reflects thinking at senior levels in the US Army: as Gen John Murray said in December 2020 at the vIITSEC conference, STE is ‘key and critical to what we are doing’ in terms of the future direction of soldier training.

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