Kongsberg Digital has signed a contract for the delivery of two new K-Sim Full Mission simulators at the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Watson Bridge Simulator Facility.
Kongsberg said that the "requirement for expansion and intensification of RAN’s training program is the result of a sustained period of growth and capability enhancement for the Navy", with the RAN's shipbuilding program currently fully occupied with the construction of the Hunter Class and Arafura Class vessels.
The RAN is also taking delivery of two Supply Class AOR vessels.
"Our simulator training requirements continue to grow and Kongsberg has shown the flexibility to support our requirements, even in a compressed time frame,” said Commander Chris Doherty, Head of Command and Navigation, RAN.
“This latest delivery reflects the depth of our partnership as well as the importance of high-quality simulator training to the safety and operational performance of our people and fleet.”
The simulators will be used for the on-going training of RAN Officers and sailors undertaking all levels of shiphandling, navigation, warfare and bridge management courses.
“The Royal Australian Navy counts among our most important and valued clients,” says Mark Stuart Treen, vice president sales, Kongsberg Digital.
“The Navy continues to grow its navigation and engine room training capacity using K-Sim Simulators, and we are committed to providing the technology and support that ensures trainees are always ready for their role on board new and existing ships.”
Kongsberg has won various contracts with the RAN in the past, for the delivery of multiple shiphandling and engine room simulators for training facilities.
In August last year, the government announced that the RAN would receive an expansion and upgrade of its fleet of simulation trainers, with an investment of $80 million for the projects.
"By expanding the fleet of onshore simulation trainers, Navy will not be limited by factors that can impact training at sea and can deliver more reliable and increasingly sophisticated training packages," Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said at the time.