Lockheed to supply Army with next-gen convoy trainers

Lockheed Martin Corp. will build next-generation tactical trainers for the Army under a contract that could be worth as much as $147 million over four years.

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will produce a Close Combat Tactical Trainer Reconfigurable Vehicle Simulator and Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer.

The latest convoy trainers integrate several close-combat tactical simulators and offer a platform to integrate additional simulations, such as dismounted infantry. They also feature geo-specific terrain databases for enhanced realism.

Reconfigurable trainers are a way for the Army to increase training before soldiers deploy, Jim Craig, vice president of the Ground, Maritime and Civil Solutions business at Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training and Support, said in a news release.

"It will be the most realistic training environment for convoy operations and will give the Army the flexibility to upgrade scenarios to meet future needs," he said.

Lockheed Martin, of Bethesda, Md., ranks No. 1 on Washington Technology's 2008 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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