UAE NTC to get VSTEP bridge simulators
VSTEP has received a contract from CAE to provide a suite of custom-built ship bridge simulators for the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Naval Training Centre (NTC), the company announced on 24 October.
The simulators will be based on VSTEP's NAUTIS 3 platform, with high visual quality, hydrodynamic fidelity and extendibility.
Some of the simulators will be reconfigurable for different UAE Navy vessels allowing them to carry out vessel-specific training. All the simulators can be used individually or in combination to conduct joint mission exercises.
The bridge simulators will use the Open Geospatial Consortium’s Common Database for high-fidelity synthetic environments, as well as data interfaces to industry-standard networking protocols for integration with other training devices, including CAE’s Naval Combat System Simulators and Engine Room Simulators.
CAE is under contract to design and develop the UAE NTC to support individual, team, whole ship, and joint/collective mission training for the UAE armed forces. It will feature a range of integrated ship simulation-based training suites as well as maritime aircraft sensor stations.
The centre will be located in Taweelah with connectivity to several naval and air bases throughout the UAE. It is expected to be complete and ready for training in 2019.
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The total cost of the design and construction contract will be €15 million (US$16.2 million) with a completion deadline of 18 months.
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