US NAWCAD selects JF Taylor
JF Taylor has been awarded a $109.4 million contract for the development of simulation systems and software to support training activities as well as acquisition development and lifecycle support for the Integrated Battlespace Simulation and Test Department (IBSTD), part of the US Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Simulation Division.
This is a cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract which means funds will be awarded on individual orders. The period of the contract is five years.
According to Patuxent River, Maryland-based NAWCAD, this contract was competitively procured, as a small business set-aside, via an electronic request for proposal. JF Taylor was the only bidder on the programme, the proposal being submitted last August.
NAWCAD IBST, Simulation Division's responsibility ‘includes providing simulation products for requirements analysis, test and evaluation, and training applications across DoD and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers’.
The principal simulation product developed and maintained by the Simulation Division is the Next Generation Threat System (NGTS). NGTS is a synthetic environment generator used to support training, testing, analysis, and research and development.
NGTS models threat and friendly aircraft as well as ground and surface platforms, and their corresponding weapons and subsystems. NGTS is currently installed in multiple DoD training systems, distributed exercise centres, as well as international military training establishments.
Other distributed simulation products include the Architecture Management Integration Environment (AMIE), and the Joint Integrated Mission Model (JIMM). Support is also provided for standard protocols enabling battlespace simulation that include Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS), High Level Architecture (HLA), and the Test and Training Enabling Architecture (TENA).
Although not a company known by many outside the US, JF Taylor has expertise in ‘systems engineering, software development, electrical and mechanical design, fabrication, and programme management support’.
Founded in 1983, the company has worked closely with NAWCAD as well as partnering numerous simulation integrators such as Lockheed Martin, FlightSafety International, Collins Aerospace and CAE.
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