Additional DTCS simulators for ADF
Rockwell Collins Australia has been awarded a AUD$40 million ($31.25 million) contract to deliver eight new Digital Terminal Control System (DTCS) simulators to improve the battlefield training of Australian Defence Force personnel, the Australian Department of Defence announced on 18 October.
The contract includes operator and maintenance support and builds on the acquisition of three interim systems in March this year.
The DTCS simulators are used to train forward observers for the battlefield. The system enables the input and transfer of digital precision target information from a forward observer to a wide range of supporting weapon systems on the frontline.
The new simulators will be installed at bases in Brisbane, Townsville, Darwin, Perth, Sydney, Williamtown and Puckapunyal.
Delivery of the simulators is planned to begin in May 2018 with the final simulator expected in December 2018.
Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, said: ‘These simulators will equip our soldiers with the skills necessary to use the DTCS to coordinate battlefield fire from artillery, mortars, helicopters, naval ships and fighter aircraft. It also provides our personnel with the ability to work with multiple Australian and coalition land, air, and sea platforms to engage the enemy.’