RAN awards ship bridge simulator contract to Kongsberg

29 Jan 2010

Kongsberg’s ship bridge simulators will be supplied to the RAN

Kongsberg Maritime Simulation & Training, based in Horten, Norway, has been awarded a contract valued at more than NOK 38 million ($6.45 million) to supply the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with ship bridge simulation systems to upgrade the Navy's training centre, located at HMAS Watson in Sydney, Australia.

The upgraded ship bridge simulator system will comprise two full mission simulators, four part-task simulators, ten desktop systems, instructor and debrief stations and extensive visual systems. Delivered in two phases, Kongsberg Maritime will upgrade RAN's existing Kongsberg simulators and deliver new simulation systems to complement the Navy's growing simulation equipment.

The RAN has been a continuous user of Kongsberg ship bridge simulators since 1998 and their high level of satisfaction over the past twelve years played a major role in the recent contract award.

The delivery will provide RAN with high fidelity visual effects of ships, ship behaviour and the maritime environment. Through the functionality provided by the Kongsberg ship bridge simulator, the RAN will be able to accurately replicate the full range of maritime operations likely to be experienced while on the bridge of a warship. This will include the ability to test knowledge, skills and competencies of trainees in scenarios ranging from simple tasks, such as passage planning, ocean passage and coastal navigation, to more complex tasks including pilotage, berthing and un-berthing, precise navigation and close quarter manoeuvring when conducting warfare type exercises.

Scheduled for delivery in January, 2011, this contract represents a significant order for Kongsberg Maritime and strengthens the company's relationship with this important customer and other world navies.

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