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Lockheed supplying laser training systems

  |   Nov. 29, 2011 at 9:59 AM
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin received a $6.7 million contract from the U.S. Army to supply laser engagement systems for maneuver training.

The award from the U.S. Army Program Executive Office of Simulation, Training and Instrumentation has a one-year base period with four one-year options.

Under the contract, Lockheed will provide up to 20 variants of its Instrumentable Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System Shoulder Launched Munitions training devices.

The devices are realistic, simulated shoulder-launched munitions powered by common, interchangeable laser and weapons effects engines.

In live maneuver exercises, trainees using the devices experience the look and feel of the weapons, as well as sounds and results that reflect real-world operating conditions.

"Effective training includes technology that mirrors what warfighters could encounter in the field," said Jim Craig, vice president of training systems at Lockheed Martin's Global Training and Logistics business unit. "We're providing innovative capabilities that support full mission readiness for soldiers."

More than 6,000 MILES SLM devices have already been fielded at Army installations and Maneuver Combat Training Centers, the company said.

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