Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has announced a multi-million dollar contract with Rockwell Collins Australia to supply three Digital Terminal Control System (DTCS) simulators and associated operator and maintenance support to Defence. Defence will use these new innovative simulators to train forward observers for the modern battlefield.
Minister Pyne said the simulators allow the input and transfer of digital precision target information from a forward observer to a wide range of supporting weapon systems on the frontline.
“The contract with Rockwell Collins Australia is valued at approximately $3.8 million, with over 60 per cent of this being spent in Australia and four new jobs created in Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville and Darwin,” Minister Pyne said.
“The simulators will provide personnel from the Army and Air Force with the skills necessary to call in battlefield fire from artillery, mortars, helicopters, naval ships and fighter aircraft.”
“These simulators will be installed at bases in Brisbane, Townsville and Darwin and complement an existing simulator at RAAF Base Williamtown.
“The simulators will eventually form part of a larger joint fires training system that will offer dedicated facilities for eight fully immersive training in seven locations across Australia,” he said.
“The purchase of these simulators is an important step in the continued improvement and modernisation of training equipment used by the Australian Defence Force.”
The simulators are due to be delivered to Defence by July 2017.