Xebec Awarded Contract to Provide Maritime Integrated Training Systems (MITS) to US Army
Xebec Awarded Contract to Provide Maritime Integrated Training Systems (MITS) to US Army

Xebec Awarded Contract to Provide Maritime Integrated Training Systems (MITS) to US Army

CAE USA and Pinnacle Solutions announced their joint venture company Xebec Government Services has been awarded a contract to provide the United States Army with a new and upgraded Maritime Integrated Training System (MITS). The MITS is a suite of simulation systems designed to train the Army’s personnel who operate a range of watercraft, including logistics support vessels, maneuver transport vessels, large landing craft, and expeditionary fast transports. The U.S. Army Transportation School’s Maritime & Intermodal Training Department (M&ITD) oversees the MITS located at Ft. Eustis, Virginia.

Under terms of the contract, Xebec will be responsible for a comprehensive upgrade and technology refresh of all the existing MITS configurations, including Expeditionary Fast Transport simulation, Full Mission Bridge simulator, and Vessel Defense Simulator. In addition, Xebec will develop and deliver new simulation systems for the Maneuver Support Vessel (Light) and Vessel Handling Workstation to be integrated to the overall MITS. All elements of the Maritime Integrated Training System are designed to operate as a standalone simulator for individual training or as an integrated and networked system for full-crew mission training.

As part of the technology refresh, Xebec will update the existing MITS to use the latest version of General Dynamics VirtualShip® virtual reality software suite. The MITS upgrade will address a range of cybersecurity requirements and will also include enhancements to the instructor operator station, after action review station, and scenario generation system. The MITS delivery order was awarded to Xebec, which was established under the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Mentor-Protégé program. The contract was awarded by the Naval Air Warfare Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) under the Navy’s Training Systems Contract IV (TSC IV) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract vehicle.

NAWCTSD worked closely with the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO-STRI). The MITS delivery order was awarded to Xebec, which was established under the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Mentor-Protégé program. The contract was awarded by the Naval Air Warfare Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) under the Navy’s Training Systems Contract IV (TSC IV) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract vehicle. NAWCTSD worked closely with the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO-STRI).

CAE’s Defense & Security business unit focuses on helping prepare our customers to develop and maintain the highest levels of mission readiness. We are a world-class training and mission systems integrator offering a comprehensive portfolio of training and operational support solutions across multi-domain operations – air, land, sea, space and cyber. We serve our global defence and security customers through regional operations in Canada; the United States/Latin America; Europe/Middle East; and Asia-Pacific, all of which leverage the full breadth of CAE’s capabilities, technologies and solutions. CAE is a high technology company, at the leading edge of digital immersion, providing solutions to make the world a safer place.

Pinnacle is a leading innovator and provider of manned and unmanned operator and maintenance products and services with proven expertise in training system development, sustainment, and modification, live, virtual, and augmented training environments, interactive multimedia instruction, and technical publication development. Pinnacle, an employee owned company, has demonstrated the capacity to deliver results for the Department of Defense (DOD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), commercial and international customers. Pinnacle’s training system experience spans the air (rotary and fixed wing), ground, surface, and unmanned (air and ground) domains. Pinnacle’s size, organizational structure, and business processes enable its teams to remain flexible and responsive to the critical training needs of their customers.

Xebec will upgrade the U.S. Army’s existing Maritime Integrated Training System while adding new simulation systems and capabilities. (Photo by U.S. Army PEO-STRI)