The French defense procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Thales the MASTER contract (Moyen Adapté à la Simulation des Transmissions en Réseaux) to design, deliver and support a transmission network simulator. The MASTER simulator will enable the training of French Army personnel responsible for deploying components of the RITA system (Réseau Intégré des Transmissions Automatiques) in all the relevant operational environments.
MASTER will combine simulation techniques with actual transmissions to support training in the deployment and operation of transmission networks at the French Army's signals academy (ETRS) in Rennes and at signals regiments.
The MASTER simulator will be operational and made available to the ETRS signals academy in May 2014, following a qualification period of several months. The contract also calls for through-life support for three years from 2014.
MASTER will provide instructors with the facilities they need to run exercises in the form of operational scenarios as well as assess trainees and perform end-of-course debriefing. By connecting to MASTER and the exercises developed by the ETRS signals academy, regiments will benefit from the simulated network environment, avoid the need to deploy real equipment in the field, generate substantial savings and minimize the ecological footprint of their preparations.
MASTER will replace the SEMSIC simulator, previously implemented for the instruction and training of personnel in the use of the RITA network. Building on the expertise gained through the SEMSIC system and incorporating a number of significant advances (databases, usability, additional links, etc.), MASTER covers the management of friendly and hostile forces. Focused on training in a joint forces environment, MASTER effectively combines the technological functionality of tactical networks with human factors during operations to enable signals personnel to master these critical capabilities in readiness for actual deployments in the theater. With this new simulator, Thales is providing its customers with the advanced functionality and effective support they need to meet their long-term operational requirements.
Source: Thales Group (Paris: HO.PA)
Date: Dec 5, 2012