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Newcastle firm lands Army simulation training contract

The Commonwealth government has named the preferred tenderer for a multimillion-dollar project aimed at delivering advanced simulation training software to Army.  

The Commonwealth government has named the preferred tenderer for a multimillion-dollar project aimed at delivering advanced simulation training software to Army.  

Newcastle-based Applied Virtual Simulation Pty Ltd has been awarded a $17.6 million contract to provide next-generation military computer simulation training software to the Australian Army under Land Simulation Core 2.0 Tranche 1.

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Applied Virtual Simulation will now be tasked with facilitating access to its Common Simulation Software across Army’s Land Simulation Network over the next two years.

The software, which features high-quality data, models and behaviours, is tipped to support training in realistic virtual warfighting scenarios, including military vehicle and weapon platforms training.

“This contract represents a part of broader Defence investment in simulation for training and other purposes through multiple programs and projects,” Assistant Minister for Defence Andrew Hastie said.

Tranche 2 of the project is expected to deliver an expanded Land Simulation Network designed to enable Army to virtually connect geographically dispersed capabilities and training locations.

This forms part of a broader investment in simulation training over the next decade across all phases of the LAND 400 program.

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This latest announcement follows the government’s acquisition of Tranche 1 of the ICT 2284 OneDefence Data Program for approximately $233 million (PBS 2022-23 out-turned price and exchange).

This forms part of a broader push to promote stronger data practices across Defence, helping to improve the management of data as a strategic warfighting asset.

This is ultimately expected to support preparations for the future of information warfare, while also supporting military operations through the exploitation of data generated by military drones, aircraft, land vehicles and maritime vessels.

Defence has entered into a contract with KPMG following a competitive tendering process, with the firm tasked with leading a consortium which includes Oracle, Microsoft, and three Australian SMEs – archTIS, Epicon and SISU Solutions.

The overall program, valued at approximately $515 million, is outlined in the Defence Data Strategy 2021-23, launched in August 2021.

The strategy involves initiatives to improve data maturity and enhance the information available to the Australian Defence Force.

[Related: Government advances Defence Data Strategy]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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