On 6 December, Rheinmetall delivered the nautical training facility (Ausbildungsausstattung Nautische Schiffsführung - AANS) to the German Navy School at Mürwik. The state-of-the-art bridge simulation system will be used by the navy for training bridge personnel – and will also be used by the Federal Police.
Ordered almost exactly three years ago, the system will be used for training all German Navy cadets, all future watch officers, and for preparing bridge personnel for nautical operations. The capability spectrum ranges from basic navigation and nautical training through to crew resource management, e.g. for helping bridge teams prepare for operations.
The AANS includes two large and four small bridge simulators, six trainer stations, an auditorium for after action review as well as additional infrastructure for planning exercises and administrating and updating the database. Every surface combatant now in the German inventory – from minesweepers to supply ships – is modelled in the AANS. This applies not only to the physical depiction of various ships and boats, but to their exact performance characteristics. In addition, numerous German and NATO maritime training areas are replicated, as are current and potential areas of operation.
Rheinmetall has been a leading developer and manufacturer of simulation solutions for over four decades. The spectrum of products and services available is broad and encompasses ground vehicles, aircraft and naval vessels as well as the management of large-scale training areas.
The integration into the company’s offerings of the learning management technologies of its benntec Systemtechnik subsidiary, based in Bremen, are helping the company push its expansion forward rapidly. “Germany will be an increasingly important market for us – especially the navy,” the Head of International Business for Rheinmetall Integrated Electronic Systems at Rheinmetall, Kai Pelzer, told MTSC at I/ITSEC in Orlando last month. For more on his view of Rheinmetall’s training future, see the story that will appear on this channel in the week of 10 December.