Kongsberg Digital has signed a contract for the delivery of two new K-Sim full mission bridge simulators at the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) HMAS Watson Bridge Simulator Facility in Watsons Bay, Sydney, Australia. The project includes multiple shiphandling and engine room simulators delivered at training facilities across the country.
The requirement for expansion and intensification of RAN's training program is the result of a sustained period of growth and capability enhancement for the Navy. The RAN's shipbuilding program is currently fully occupied with the construction of new Hunter Class anti-submarine Future Frigates and Arafura Class offshore patrol vessels, while the Navy is also taking delivery of two Supply Class AOR (Auxilliary Oiler Replenishment) vessels.
The acquisition of new ship classes has caused a spike in demand within the RAN's training pipeline that Kongsberg has accommodated with the new full mission bridge simulators at the Navy's primary navigation training facility at Watsons Bay. The simulators will be used for the on-going training of RAN Officers and sailors undertaking all levels of shiphandling, navigation, warfare and bridge management courses.