U.S. Army seeks virtual reality trainer for infantry, observers

The U.S. Army wants a new virtual trainer that combines two existing systems in a contract potentially worth tens of millions of dollars, according to a sources-sought notice.

Current virtual trainers use an indoor environment where soldiers can simulate missions including hitting moving targets, firing machine guns in pairs, conducting ambush missions, and training forward observers to identify targets for artillery or air strikes.

The new platform should combine the Engagement Skills Trainer II and Call for Fire Trainer III systems now in use to keep costs down, which could be an advantage to incumbents.

Meggitt Training Systems Inc. makes the EST II and Nova Technologies Inc. makes the CFFT III. Meggitt has been obligated almost $31 million on a $99 million contract for EST, and Nova has been obligated almost $51 million on a $100 million contract for CFFT. Both contracts end in fiscal 2018.

However, because the government owns the software, the completion may be more wide-open than it appears.

Firms can register their interest and capability by submitting a response to by close of business on Aug. 31.

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August 24, 2017

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