Virtual Combat Convoy Trainer (VCCT) Lockheed Martin / FATS Inc. (USA)
The US Army received two Virtual
Combat Convoy Trainers (VCCTs) developed and built by Lockheed
Martina and Firearms Training Systems (FATS), Inc. under a $9.6
million contract awarded on June 2003, to help train troops to
recognize and respond to potential convoy threats including
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The VCCT enables combat crews
to communicate, maintain situational awareness and acquire targets
while moving at highway speeds operating in a convoy environment.
The simulators will be operated at US Army bases at Camp Shelby,
MS and Fort Bragg, NC. The trainers are expected to improve convoy
tactics and minimize combat related injuries and deaths resulting
from attacks on convoys. One-third of all US casualties since the
beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom were caused by attacks and
accidents related to convoy traffic.
Every trainers has four cells, each
occupies a tractor-trailer box and is fully self- contained,
including a full-scale High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle
(HMMWV) The trainer is distinguished by a full-scale HMMWV that
includes high-fidelity driver controls and accurately replicates
all the physical and visual constraints associated with the M1025
HMMWV. It also generates all visual and audible combat effects and
actual combat scenarios which deployed troops might encounter. The
new trainer will enable soldiers to hone basic-to-advanced convoy
skills incorporating realistic weapons engagement training and
networked vehicle simulators to reinforce crew discipline.
The Lockheed Martin/FATS team used
developed a comprehensive training device based on the operational
Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT), integrated with FATS' small
arms, precision weapons training system to generate realistic
convoy training to the troops. Vehicle simulation for the VCCT is
derived from software developed for both CCTT and the United
Kingdom's Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (UK CATT).