Lockheed Martin Delivers First U.S. Air Force Virtual Combat Convoy Trainer, Updates Marine Corps Trainers
ORLANDO, FL, 13-JUL-06 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has delivered to the U.S. Air Force its first Virtual Combat Convoy Trainer (VCCT) and also received a separate contract to upgrade six U.S. Marine Corps convoy trainers.
The Air Force joins the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps in using Lockheed Martin’s convoy trainer to prepare troops for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“The Air Force is deeply involved in convoy operations and recognizes the need for this critical training,” said Andre Elias, director of virtual training solutions at Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support. “VCCT training depicts many of the same scenarios that airmen will see in both Iraq and Afghanistan.”
The Air Force VCCT is the first fixed-site trainer and will be located at Camp Bullis, TX. Convoy trainers previously delivered to the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps are housed in
53-foot trailers that can be transported to any location.
Lockheed Martin has also received a contract to upgrade six U.S. Marine Corps systems to 360-degree field of view by leveraging technology from its Close Combat Tactical Trainer Reconfigurable Vehicle Simulator (CCTT-RVS). The upgrade work will be performed at the company’s Simulation, Training & Support facility in Orlando and is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2006.
Twenty-three Lockheed Martin systems have been fielded since first developed in 2004. In addition to the fixed-site trainer delivered to Camp Bullis, eight deployable VCCTs were delivered to the U.S. Army in June 2004 and the Marine Corps fielded four VCCTs in 2005. The Army has since received eight additional VCCTs and the Marine Corps has added two more simulators to their convoy training program.
More than 47,000 soldiers and Marines have been trained in the Lockheed Martin VCCT. The simulator is composed of a full-scale Humvee, visual, audio and weapons system to replicate scenarios troops might encounter in real-world operations. It enables combat crews to communicate, maintain situational awareness and acquire targets while moving at highway speeds in a convoy environment.
Lockheed Martin uses Firearms Training Systems (FATS) weapons systems that make the VCCT a comprehensive training device incorporating realistic weapons engagement training and networked vehicle simulators to reinforce crew awareness and communications.
FATS, Inc. (OTC: FATS) designs and sells virtual training systems that improve the skills of the world's military, law enforcement and security forces. FATS has previously delivered small arms training systems to all of the U.S. military services and numerous military and law enforcement agencies around the world.