Anteon International Corp. of Fairfax won a five-year, $350 million contract from the Army to design and build live-training ranges with digital data-gathering capabilities for quick feedback and reviews.
The work is to be performed at about 30 Army installations in the United States and abroad, the company said. About 200 employees are to be assigned to the project. The contract was awarded by the Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation.
Under a five-year Army contract, Anteon International is to install training ranges that simulate battlefield conditions and collect data for review. The goal of the live-training program is to improve the instruction of soldiers by providing a safe environment to prepare for the rigors of combat.
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Anteon's team for the contract includes Northrop Grumman Corp. of Los Angeles; Lockheed Martin Corp. of Bethesda; Inter-Coastal Electronics Inc. of Mesa, Ariz.; Riptide Software Inc. of Orlando; and G2 Software Systems Inc. and Cubic Corp., both of San Diego.
"We've been doing this kind of work, which is fairly sophisticated and complex, for about the last 10 years for this customer," said S. Daniel Johnson, Anteon's chief operating officer.
Simulation and training work now accounts for about one-quarter of Anteon's business, Johnson said. The company also provides training and simulation for the Air Force, Navy and joint forces. In December, the company won a $10 million subcontract from Lockheed Martin to provide a video system to record urban warfare training at the Army's National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.
The latest award puts Anteon, which has more than 8,600 employees and annual revenue of more than $1 billion, in a strong position to win additional simulation and training work within the Defense Department, Johnson said.
The live-training program is designed to improve the instruction of soldiers by providing a safe yet stressful environment to prepare for combat, said Shirley Rubens, product manager for digitized training with the Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation.
The Anteon system will use sensors and communications networks to track and record data such as the locations of troops and tanks throughout an exercise. The soldiers who will benefit from the new technology will be those operating armor and mechanized vehicles, Johnson said. Digital instruments will be installed throughout the training facilities as well as on tanks and vehicles, he said.
The payoff can be measured in both cost and time, Johnson said. From a time standpoint, the equipment provides feedback for immediate debriefings. In terms of cost, he said, it is more efficient than previous methods.
"It will take less training with this kind of digitized feedback to get a crew to the same level of proficiency than it would if you didn't have it," Johnson said.
William Welsh is a senior writer with Washington Technology magazine. For more details on this and other contracts, go to www.washingtontechnology.com.