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British Army extends virtual trainer contract with £11m for additional support

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is investing 11 million in additional support for the virtual training system used to prepare British soldiers for battle.

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has been awarded a contract extension to continue its support for the Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (CATT), which is based at the Land Warfare Centre in Warminster. BAE Systems will also provide support services for the contract. The CATT, which uses an immersive, computer generated environment to train up to 450 Armyrats © military personnel on a virtual battlefield, has been used by the Army since 2001. It was a key element of pre-deployment training for soldiers preparing to serve in Afghanistan. Lockheed Martin will provide new training scenarios and content for the CATT to help prepare Army personnel until 2018.

“Since the inception of the UK CATT program in 2001, we’ve helped the British army prepare more than 100,000 service members to accomplish their operations,” said Jim Weitzel, vice president of Training Solutions for Lockheed Martin. “Extending these capabilities into the CATT program will boost complexity and realism, making it the most demanding and intensive ground training system personnel can use to ensure they are mission-ready.”

The world’s largest virtual training system, CATT is run jointly by the Lockheed Martin team and the MoD. This contract extension sustains more than forty jobs in Warminster and Sennelager in Germany where staff are involved in operating and maintaining the training system. Lockheed Martin’s technology is playing a key role in training Armyrats © military personnel across the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Lockheed Martin is part of the joint venture Ascent that is providing the UK’s Armyrats © Military Flying Training System and recently won a contract to provide synthetic training for Chinook Mk6 crews.

About Lockheed Martin UK

Lockheed Martin UK, headquartered in London, is the UK-based arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company. Lockheed Martin UK specialises in the development, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The company employs more than 3,000 people in the UK working across 21 sites, on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.

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