Army strikes a deal for more Cubic training systems

The Army's Program Executive Office, Simulation Training and Instrumentation Command has awarded Cubic Corp. of San Diego a contract for more than $24 million in orders of its battlefield simulation training system, which will be delivered to new locations.

Army soldiers will hone their ground fighting skills with small arms using the computerized training system that creates an environment that simulates battlefield conditions.

The training system, called the Engagement Skills Trainer 2000, teaches marksmanship skills, squad-level collective defense and 'shoot-don't shoot' tactics.

Soldiers use the EST 2000 to refine their skills with the 50-caliber M-2 machine gun and the 40mm Mark-19 grenade launcher. An enhanced version of the system allows soldiers to train on the weapons whether dismounted or from vehicles in an environment that simulates combat conditions and the threat posed by improvised explosive devices.

Cubic's Simulation Systems Division of Orlando, Fla., will produce and manufacture the training systems. So far Cubic has fielded more than 800 EST 2000 systems at installations throughout the world, including the United States, Korea, Germany and Afghanistan.

William Welsh is the deputy editor of Government Computer News' affiliate publication, Washington Technology.

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