Army upgrading training center systems

Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM

HERNDON, Va., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Instrumentation systems at the U.S. Army's National Training and the Joint Readiness Training centers are to be modernized by Northrop Grumman.

The six-year contract for the work was issued by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation.

At the Army's National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., Northrop will modernize the range data measurement system and observer controller communication system portions of the range communication system. At the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, La., it will upgrade the observer controller communication system and range data measurement system.

"Northrop Grumman's approach establishes an innovative and affordable communications infrastructure required for the U.S. Army combat training centers," said Greg Schmidt, vice president and general manager, Training Solutions division, Northrop Grumman Technical Services.

"This design increases training realism, timeliness of training performance feedback, and reliability -- all crucial factors to ensure our soldiers remain mission ready."

Modernization work involves replacing legacy voice, video, data and target instrumentation systems and networks. Mobile video units, unmanned aerial vehicle ground control station interface, forward operations base interface, and fixed and mobile after-action review theaters will also be upgraded.

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