NGRAIN®, the leading provider of interactive 3D simulation software and solutions for maintenance training and support, today announced that the Department of National Defence (DND) has selected a series of NGRAIN Virtual Task Trainer™ (VTT™) solutions to enhance maintenance training and operations for Expedient Route Operating Capability (EROC) vehicles and Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) devices. The VTT solutions will enable Canadian Forces personnel to acquire and retain maintenance skills for equipment designed to protect soldiers against the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
"When I travelled to Afghanistan in 2008 and 2009, I saw firsthand the risk and costs associated with IEDs – the number one cause of casualties among coalition forces deployed in the region. It is crucial to effectively operate and maintain equipment that is designed to neutralize this threat. But fortress-like vehicles and small, intricate devices can be complicated to maintain. By using NGRAIN interactive simulations to visualize complex systems and procedures, members of the Canadian Forces have a cost-effective way to sharpen and retain the maintenance skills they need to use in the field,” says Gabe Batstone, Chief Executive Officer, NGRAIN.
The new series of force protection VTTs includes interactive simulations for the following types of EROC vehicles:
DND has also selected NGRAIN’s Portable Counter Measures (PCM) Virtual Task Trainer and the Mobile Counter Measures (MCM) Virtual Task Trainer to enhance force protection equipment maintenance. The PCM (worn by soldiers on patrol) and the MCM (a vehicle-mounted device) are jammers that negate radio frequencies used to detonate IEDs. The solutions will be used at the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics (CFSCE), in field units and during deployment to help operators and maintainers better understand the operations and maintenance of the equipment.
This series of force protection Virtual Task Trainer solutions is a part of a recent roster of VTTs acquired by the Canadian Forces. Another recent DND contract awarded to NGRAIN includes the Air Brakes System Virtual Task Trainer, which will be used by the Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics (CFSAL) to train operators on the 31 steps necessary to safely operate an air brakes equipped vehicle.
Date: May 30, 2012