I/ITSEC 2019: UK opts to keep it real for IEDD training
Last month the UK MoD issued its latest contract for the procurement of second-hand vehicles to be used for Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) training, which takes place around the Felix Training Area (FTA) Kineton and locations around Bicester.
Issued on a three-yearly basis with an option on an extension year, these contracts provide up to 50 vehicles a month depending on the training requirements. Typically, these vehicles will be at the end of their useful life and clean of any lubricants or fuel.
The MoD contract notice stated that on a typical IEDD training day 15-20 vehicles will be moved around FTA Kineton and ‘rotated through various scenarios’ until they can no longer be used, ahead of disposal.
Additionally, the MoD notice states that the vehicles need to be ‘in visually serviceable condition’ and to include ‘all doors, windows, boot bonnet and internal fittings’. Also, the vehicles must be capable of being moved around on four wheels and include ignition keys.
The training is provided by the DEMS Training Regiment of the British Army. The £420,000 contract ($543,000) for the training vehicles would commence on 3 March 2020 and run through to 2 March 2024.
It is interesting to note that in an era of increasing use of simulation and VR for training purposes in order to replicate situations that UK EOD operators might face there appears to be no alternative to real-life training.
Other areas where the British Army could look to utilise simulated training environments include armoured vehicle training, which in other services has allowed trainee and experienced drivers to learn or maintain key skills without risking the potential damage of tracks or transmissions.
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