Army enlists Unitech for battlefield training work

Improved training on shoulder-launched weapons is the goal of a contract the Army awarded to Universal Systems and Technology Inc.

The $18.8 million contract is part of the Army's advanced laser-tag training technology, called Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement Simulation, or Miles.

Under the contract, Unitech of Centreville, Va., will produce newly developed shoulder-launched, munitions-weapons effects simulators. The Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation awarded Unitech the contract for one year and three one-year options.

Unitech will deliver the most feature-rich Miles shoulder-launched weapons simulators to date. It will suit the Army with more than 3,500 AT-4 launcher simulators and 455 visual modification kits for the basic device, which simulates multiple opposing forces' shoulder-launched munitions.

Used to support Miles training, the launchers will have a modular, flexible design that allows the training system to be upgraded quickly and economically.

Visual modification kits not only provide a precise simulation of size, weight, weapons effects and functionality of a basic Army AT-4 launcher, but also will make a training device that easily can be reconfigured to simulate most known shoulder-launched weapon systems used today.

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication Washington Technology.

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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

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