A NSW-based company will supply Defence with a mobile weapons training simulator to help Australian sailors and soldiers maintain their weapons skills wherever they are in the world.
InVeris Training Solutions Pty Ltd, based in Albury in southern NSW, is delivering and supporting a fully digitised Mobile Weapons Training Simulation System (MWTSS).
It will now help hone the skills of those using the Australian-made EF-88 assault rifle and a range of other weapon systems operated by Australian Defence personnel.
Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price, said the $4.1 million contract would deliver 14 simulators by July 2021.
“The contract includes the simulation system, associated training and systems which are compatible with in-service weapons, and then converted to laser-based simulators,” Minister Price said.
“This is another example of the Morrison Government’s continued commitment to invest in local companies to ensure we build Australia’s capability to equip and sustain the ADF in its defence of Australia and our national interests.
“The system provides an efficient and cost-effective mobile small arms training and skills maintenance capability for Australia’s regionally based Army units, as well as Royal Australian Navy personnel in remote areas.”
The Australian Army will receive nine of the simulation systems, of which seven will support Army Reserve units throughout regional and remote Australia.
The other two will support deployable units such as the Amphibious Ready Group and 2/30th Training Group in Butterworth, Malaysia.
“Navy will also receive five systems, which will be issued to key naval bases for delivery of training while on-shore and at sea,” Minister Price said.
Member for Farrer, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, said InVeris Training Solutions has an outstanding track record in designing and developing live fire and weapons simulation training systems for military, law-enforcement and commercial range customers since the late 1990s.
“The company employs over 50 staff and right now boosting or retaining jobs in the border region is absolutely vital,” Ms Ley said.
“This new contract is another real vote of confidence for our local defence industries.”