Training for ‘Close’ Encounters

The Bradley fighting vehicle is named for General Omar Nelson Bradley who commanded American forces in the 1944 D-Day invasion to liberate France. Now, the soldiers and Marines who operate the Bradley to scout enemy positions and transport troops into hostile territory will have a new level of realism added to their training.

Lockheed Martin is working to upgrade close combat tactical trainers for the U.S. Army and to expand the training capability for the Marine Corps. The Army recently awarded Lockheed Martin a $114 million, five-year contract to develop and install 13 upgrades for close combat tactical training systems at 19 Army installations.
In addition to the upgrades for the Army, Lockheed Martin will deliver new training systems to the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, N.C., providing commonality across services.
The new technologies will add integrated displays and replicate tactical vehicle capabilities identical to those now entering the field. The enhancements will be fielded starting in February 2013.  
“The training systems provide an immersive, safe environment to prepare our military’s men and women for combat, and the upgrades extend capability and service life of the Army’s original investment in the program,” said Jim Weitzel, vice president of training solutions for Lockheed Martin’s Global Training and Logistics business.
“For the Marines, we’re able to apply current system development and sustainment as they add this training capacity to maintain readiness in a changing battlespace,” said Weitzel.
Since 1992, Lockheed Martin has developed and delivered more than 400 systems to Army installations for realistic training on Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles.