The US Navy has awarded Cubic, a global provider of defense, and transportation systems and services, a series of contracts to develop a game-based training technology that will train its next generation of sailors for duty on the Littoral Combat Ships.Cubic Defense Systems, a subsidiary of Cubic Corporation announced that the contract valued up to $112 million was awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command, Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) to develop hands-on training devices, desktop trainers and simulators for each variant of the Littoral Combat Ship’s (LCS) Mission Bays.
Under the contract, Cubic will provide training solutions for the preparation, launch, handling, recovery, and securing of the ships mission equipment. These virtual trainers will be used at LCS training facilities in San Diego, Calif. and Mayport, Fla.
(0:07) The Navy has an immediate problem at hand. Their problem is that their ships take a minimum compliment of sailors aboard and for that reason, they can't train when they are aboard. However, they have to report for duty being fully familiar with the shipboard systems and the ship itself.
(0:26) We can train sailors completely in an immersive environment and certify them.
(0:31) The LCS program team is made of up of experienced instructional systems designers, game-development software engineers, 3D artists, industrial organizational psychologists, and retired Navy subject matter experts.
(0:44) The training program provides comprehensive, immersive training for LCS watch standards and maintainers. The uniqueness of this solution lies in the ability to present an entirely new environment through implementing revolutionary control methods, which improves training time and familiarity within the space they are required to complete tasks.
(1:02) The program combines the best features of computer based training and on the job training while removing limitations and instructional shortcomings. The program is designed to improve training effectiveness while reducing training cost and time.
(1:14) All initial training takes place in a safe, controlled and realistic environment. Upon completion of the training, the learner is ready to perform the duties of his or her assigned watch station. He or she is trained to standard on all essential skills and reports for shipboard duty confident and ready.
Via Patrick H.