The photos attached are of the Joint Fires Mobile Trainer (JFMT) which was supplied to the British Army by Elbit Systems UK and is in active service with the Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) and Fire Support Teams (FST).
The UK Minister for Defence Procurement announced that Elbit Systems UK’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Ferranti Technologies Ltd, has been awarded a £30.8 million ($38m) contract entitled Joint Fires Synthetic Training (JFST), which promises to deliver multiple networked static and mobile training systems set to train mounted and dismounted Joint Fires teams and Joint Fires Cells. JFST will also be supporting exercises for reserve forces and teams deployed at sea such as those onboard the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier.
The systems will be supplied over a period of two years following which the company will provide an additional four years of maintenance, technical support and on-site training. The program will be supported by QuantaDyn Corporation.
Comprising of multiple networked simulators to train mounted and dismounted Joint Fires teams and Joint Fires Cells, the company will deliver fixed modular and scalable simulation systems that have been built using open architecture principles to provide maximum flexibility in use and facilitate quick and cost-efficient updates and upgrade over the systems’ service life.
The systems have been designed to maximise the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) existing investment in simulation assets (software, models and terrains), and will contribute significant technological advancements that the MOD can leverage for future simulation projects.
The JFST components will be manufactured in regional offices across the UK, generating more highly skilled jobs, both directly, and through the UK-based supply chain. The JFST contract follows Elbit Systems UK’s recent provision of the Joint Fires Mobile Trainer.
The Minister for Defence Procurement, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, said: “Virtual reality training allows our armed forces to plug in and immerse themselves in a myriad of battlefield scenarios. This pioneering technology allows our men and women to operate in confined urban areas, expansive desserts or thick jungles whilst situated safely in the UK.”