Improved Air Defence Training
(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued Dec. 4, 2009)
Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, today announced that the Australian Army’s air defence simulators will be upgraded.

“This upgrade will provide Army with a more realistic controlled tactical environment for the training of close-in air defence as well as an ergonomically designed computer-aided environment for instructors to efficiently evaluate trainees,” said Mr Combet

“The new upgrades include a dome display system. This unique system is comprised of an array of commercial video projectors that project multiple images into one panoramic view.”

“The entire virtual world consisting of terrain, sky, aircraft and weather is displayed, providing a modern software-programmable training interface.

“The system is designed to allow for future upgrades as advances in video projection technology provide increased resolution at reduced cost,” Mr Combet said.

The simulator is based at 16 Air Defence Regiment at Woodside Barracks, South Australia.

The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and BAE Systems Australia recently signed a $5m increase to the Advanced Air Defence Simulator Operations and Maintenance Support Contract to replace obsolete hardware and software. The work is scheduled for completion in February 2011.

BAE Systems have provided labour, support and maintenance services for the simulator since October 2004. (ends)

BAE Systems to Upgrade the Australian Army’s Air Defence Simulator
(Source: BAE Systems; issued Dec. 4, 2009)
ADELAIDE, Australia --- The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) has awarded BAE Systems a new $5 million contract to refresh critical equipment at the Australian Army’s Advanced Air Defence Simulator (AADS).

The AADS, located at the 16th Air Defence Regiment’s facility at Woodside, near Adelaide, provides a world-class training capability in the use of ground to air missile systems.

The refresh, due to be completed by March 2011, will require BAE Systems to replace obsolete projectors, computers and software with the very latest equipment and programs.

Under a program originally known as Land 19 Phase 2B, BAE Systems is also contracted to operate the facility through to July 2013, providing the Army with the capability to deliver 270 training days each year.

Major Christian Hamilton, Operations Officer, 16 Air Defence Regiment, said the AADS enabled soldiers to participate in ‘life like’ ground to air battle scenarios, and their responses and behaviour could then be immediately analysed by instructors.

“The big advantage of the AADS simulator is its ability to create such realistic scenarios using synthetic environments. Even on a training exercise it is impossible to recreate the realism that you can experience using the simulator.”

Mr Steve Baldock, Training and Support Systems Manager for BAE Systems’ Joint Business Unit, said that the contracts were a key element in sustaining the Australian Army’s simulation capability.

“The AADS also provides considerable cost savings. For example, the ‘real world’ cost to fire one missile would be more than $150 000,” Mr Baldock said.

BAE Systems is the premier global defence, security and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 105,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £18.5 billion (US $34.4 billion) in 2008.


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