Rheinmetall is partnering with Lockheed Martin to pursue the Canadian Army’s Land Vehicle Crew Training System (LVCTS) project, the companies announced on 5 June.

Rheinmetall Canada will take the lead in a partnership that includes Lockheed Martin Canada, Rheinmetall Electronics and Lockheed Martin Training and Logistics Solutions in Orlando, FL to offer a solution for LVTCS that is mature, modular and cost-effective, while ensuring high-value economic benefits to Canada.

The solution will enable the service to conduct progressive training at individual, crew, platoon and higher echelon levels, using high- to medium-fidelity reconfigurable trainers, as well as standard trainee workstations combined with a robust virtual environment and a comprehensive instructional system. The software will be common to all levels of training, designed to generate increasingly challenging situations, including the ability to realistically simulate various terrain types, weather conditions, capabilities and tactics. The instructional system will score crews to a doctrinal standard at all levels of complexity. Individual Crew Training Systems (CTS) will be linked through Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) protocol and High-Level Architecture (HLA) gateways to provide section, platoon, or higher echelon training. The system will also include a learning management system that allows for customisation of training scenarios, monitoring of trainee progress and after-action review.

This partnership combines two of the world’s leading providers of military training solutions in order to supply the Canadian Army with the most advanced modular system. Rheinmetall and Lockheed Martin have strong global track records when it comes to supplying and supporting leading-edge systems for precision gunnery and crew task training. We look forward to bringing this expertise to the Canadian Army,” commented Pietro Mazzei, VP, Rheinmetall Canada.

Building on 80 years of support to the Canadian Armed Forces, we look forward to leveraging our team’s skills and experience, including in world-class simulation and training systems. This partnership connects industry-leading technology with Canadian expertise for a critical land training capability in Canada for decades to come,” added Lorraine Ben, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Canada.

Rheinmetall’s footprint in Canada includes this integration line for the army’s TAPV patrol vehicle. (Photo: Rheinmetall Canada)

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