The battlefield training of Australian soldiers will be improved with eight new digital terminal control system (DTCS) simulators coming online next year.
Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has announced a $40 million contract with Rockwell Collins Australia to supply the simulators. The new contract includes operator and maintenance support and builds on the acquisition of three interim systems in March this year, with 80 per cent of the contract value to be spent in Australia.
"This contract will create seven new jobs in Perth, Sydney, Newcastle and Puckapunyal, on top of the four jobs created under the earlier contract," Minister Pyne said.
"The DTCS itself is a state-of-the-art computer-based capability which uses specialised software and hardware equipment to identify enemy targets with greater speed and accuracy.
"These simulators will equip our soldiers with the skills necessary to use the DTCS to co-ordinate battlefield fire from artillery, mortars, helicopters, naval ships and fighter aircraft."
The system also allows ADF personnel to to work with multiple Australian and coalition land, air and sea platforms to engage the enemy.
“The simulators provide an environment which can be difficult to replicate in live training, they provide a realistic, cost effective and safe alternative," the minister said.
"The purchase of these systems demonstrates our commitment to using Australian defence industry to improve and modernise our training equipment."
The new simulators will be installed at bases in Brisbane, Townsville, Darwin, Perth, Sydney, Williamtown and Puckapunyal.
Delivery of the simulators is planned to commence in May 2018 with the final simulator expected in December 2018