Rockwell Collins Australia has been awarded an AUD40 million (USD31.3 million) contract to provide eight new Digital Terminal Control System (DTCS) simulators to improve the battlefield training of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.
Australian Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said in a statement on 18 October that the contract for the simulators, which will come online in 2018, includes operator and maintenance support and builds on the acquisition in March this year of three interim systems.
The new simulators will be installed at bases in Brisbane, Townsville, Darwin, Perth, Sydney, Williamtown, and Puckapunyal, with deliveries set to take place between May and December 2018.
The DTCS is a “state-of-the-art computer-based capability which uses specialised software and hardware equipment to identify enemy targets with greater speed and accuracy”, said Pyne, adding that the simulators would help train Australian soldiers on how to “co-ordinate battlefield fire from artillery, mortars, helicopters, naval ships, and fighter aircraft”.
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