Boeing to Provide Virtual Training System for MOD
- System will be designed and built in the UK
- Hub at RAF Waddington will allow UK and US crews to train securely and seamlessly
LONDON, May 16, 2019 - The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence today announced its selection of Boeing [NYSE: BA] to provide a virtual system that will allow RAF crews and supporting ground forces to train together in multiple locations.
The Defence Operational Training Capability (Air) Core System & Services contract will create a capability, known as Gladiator, that will support multiple complex training scenarios, simultaneously and independently of each other.
Rather than personnel based at different sites having to travel to train together in simulators at a common location, the system will allow them to stay where they are and train together in their own high-fidelity simulators, linked by a secure network to a new hub at RAF Waddington.
The system will securely manage training events across locations and classification levels, allowing RAF crews to experience the same battle environment and threats, including in joint training with their counterparts in the United States.
“We are delighted MOD selected our proposal for this important capability,” said Anna Keeling, managing director of Boeing Defence UK. “This system, designed and built in the UK, will create a secure and seamless virtual system able to provide RAF crews more time for training.”
The seven-year, £36 million contract is expected to sustain up to 40 highly skilled jobs in Bristol, Fleet and at RAF Waddington.
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