MoD Contracts QinetiQ for Shore-Based Trainer

Sea-bound Royal Navy personnel charged with operating and sustaining the Power and Propulsion plant of advanced warships will soon qualify to do so on dry land By Defense Advancement / 27 Mar 2023
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QinetiQ Training and Simulation has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to design and supply a shore-based trainer that simulates the Platform Management System found aboard Britain’s fleet of six Type 45 Destroyers.

Due to be installed at HMS Sultan, home of the Defence School of Marine Engineering, Gosport, the simulator will provide much needed improvement to the training, by accurately replicating the functionality and behaviour of the sophisticated on-ship system, to supply operators with a real-time picture of critical power and propulsion technologies.

The high-fidelity trainer is to include a control center, six satellite outstations and an intuitive instructor operating station, designed using user centered design methodologies. The simulator will contain a mix of physical controls and photo realistic touchscreen emulations. It will deliver training in line with the Type 45’s pre and post-Propulsion Improvement configurations to enable the continual qualification and endorsement of marine watchkeepers.

According to QinetiQ, it has proven sea legs having previously developed a simulator which emulates the Machinery Control and Surveillance system found on Royal Navy’s Hunt-class mine countermeasure vessels.

Developed at the request of Defence Equipment and Support, the need for an updated trainer followed the completion of an extensive program of upgrades to the aptly named Hunt-class, which uses high-definition sonar to ‘hunt’ the world’s seabeds for mines and lost explosives.

QinetiQ Training and Simulation is also on track to deliver HMS Boadicea, an immersive and state-of-the-art simulator which will support chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training at HMS Sultan for the crews of the Royal Navy’s T23 and Hunt class vessels. According to QinetiQ, the project has achieved its first important acceptance milestone.

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