Leonardo signed a teaming agreement with Cole Engineering Services, Inc. (CESI), the provider of synthetic training technology for the United States Army.

Under the teaming agreement, CESI will join Leonardo UK and Valiant, bidding together as ‘Team Aurelian’, to pitch for the British Army Collective Training Service (ACTS). ACTS will see around 60,000 troops training each year in a blend of live, virtual and constructive (LVC) simulated environments.

CESI brings its experience and capabilities as the lead developer and provider of the U.S. Army’s Synthetic Training Environment (STE) software and the U.S. Army’s immersive Reconfigurable Virtual Collective Trainer (RVCT). STE brings together LVC training environments into a single, blended-training platform to deliver distributed, collective training.

Together, the Team Aurelian partners will be able to update the UK’s systems. Leonardo will draw on its specialist UK onshore skills and facilities to develop the new technology, architecture and digital capabilities necessary for the programme. Valiant will bring its experience as a provider of large-scale, complex training programmes for the U.S. Army, Air Force, National Guard and Special Forces.

In addition to the specific teaming agreement targeting the ACTS contract, Leonardo and CESI's parent company By Light also signed a wider Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see the two companies working together to seek out synergies in, and opportunities for, their respective synthetic environment capabilities and other complementary capabilities.

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