The US Navy has awarded Cubic, a global provider of defense, and transportation systems and services, a series of contracts to develop a game-based training technology that will train its next generation of sailors for duty on the Littoral Combat Ships.
Cubic Defense Systems, a subsidiary of Cubic Corporation announced that the contract valued up to $112 million was awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command, Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) to develop hands-on training devices, desktop trainers and simulators for each variant of the Littoral Combat Ship’s (LCS) Mission Bays.
Under the contract, Cubic will provide training solutions for the preparation, launch, handling, recovery, and securing of the ships mission equipment. These virtual trainers will be used at LCS training facilities in San Diego, Calif. and Mayport, Fla.
“This announcement underscores Cubic’s continued partnership with the U.S. Navy. We are honored to be selected for another LCS program,” said Dave Schmitz, president of Cubic Defense Systems. “Combined with three recent contract awards to develop and deliver game-based courseware for both variants of the Littoral Combat Ship and their mission bay, our virtual trainers provide the Navy with the key tools necessary to deliver the full scope of foundational training for the crew of the LCS ships.”
The Littoral Combat Ship program represents the U.S. Navy’s most advanced designs, capabilities and technologies to create the next generation of surface vessels that can operate in dangerous shallow and near-shore environments.
The Littoral Combat Ship training programs will be executed in Cubic’s Orlando, Fla. facility.
Press Release, December 9, 2013; Image: Lockheed Martin