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AAI Corporation Wins $19 Million Contract from ADI for On-Board Training Systems for Royal Australian Navy Frigates



SYDNEY, Australia --- The Defense Systems unit of AAI Corporation of Hunt Valley, Md., (USA) has been selected to provide six On- Board Training (OBT) systems and two land-based Software Support Centers to be used in upgrading the Royal Australian Navy's six guided missile frigates (FFGs).
; The AAI contract was awarded this week by ADI Limited, a major Australian defense, systems, and engineering company, which is the prime contractor for the FFG upgrade project for the RAN. The contract is valued at $19 million (U.S.).
; On-Board Training systems operate over a wide area network to give radar and weapon systems operators and tacticians the ability to practice combat and operational skills and reactions on their own equipment in a common synthetic environment. This is accomplished through a combination of stimulation and simulation technologies.
; Skills derived from on-board training provide "train like you fight'' experience and are directly transferable to real world tactical operations. Precision and speed in detecting threats, identifying them, engaging them, and using the right weapons against them are critical in naval combat.
; This is the first international contract for On-Board Training systems for AAI, which has a number of significant OBT contracts with the U.S. Navy. AAI is providing the U.S. Navy with permanently installed on-board Generic Navy Stimulator/Simulator (GNSS) radar trainers and a complete family of Carry-On Combat Systems Trainers.
; "Being selected by ADI to provide our On-Board Training systems for the Royal Australian Navy is a significant achievement and a compliment to AAI's abilities,'' said Robert Wilhite, OBT program manager for the company's Defense Systems unit. "We are excited about working with ADI in supplying the RAN with state-of-the-art training systems.''
; Richard R. Erkeneff, president and chief executive officer of AAI, said: "This first international contract for our OBT system is evidence that AAI has the preferred technology for shipboard training. In addition, we are applying the same technology to aircraft and submarine training, meeting a significant shift in training philosophies for the Navy and Air Force.''
; ADI, as prime contractor, and U.S. companies Lockheed Martin and Gibbs & Cox as its teaming partners, have undertaken a major enhancement of the frigates' combat systems. Lockheed Martin is a leader in the development, manufacture, and integration of naval combat systems, while Gibbs & Cox is the U.S. Navy's surface combatant ship designer and the designer of the FFG-7 class frigate worldwide.
; "The upgrade is the biggest modernization project ever undertaken by the Royal Australian Navy,'' said ADI's Managing Director Ken Harris. "Centered on improving the FFG combat capabilities, this project is primarily a very complex systems integration task. We are pleased that AAI Corporation is on our team for this important contract.''
; Harris said the upgrade, to be carried out at ADI's Garden Island facility in Sydney, would begin this month with the design and acquisition phases, and activity would peak in 2002 when work on board the first frigate is scheduled to commence.
; As Australia's leading defense contractor, ADI designs world leading communications and surveillance systems, and command support systems. The company builds and repairs sophisticated warships and manufactures defense equipment for the Australian Defence Force and the defense forces of friendly nations.

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AAI Corporation Wins $19 Million Contract from ADI for On-Board Training Systems for Royal Australian Navy Frigates