Schmieley added that every effort has been made to replicate the host nation tactical system accurately and to make the trainer as realistic as possible using actual tactical code wrapped in simulation and providing spatial realism -- right down to the paint color.
130910-D-ZZ999-001 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 10, 2013) A Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1A interceptor is launched from the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) during a successful intercept test. Decatur with its Aegis Weapon System detected and tracked the target with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar. The test was conducted by Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Operational Test Agency, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, and U.S. Pacific Command, in conjunction with U.S. Army soldiers from the Alpha Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, U.S. Navy sailors aboard Decatur and U.S. Air Force airmen from the 613th Air and Operations Center. (U.S. Department of Defense photo/Released)
"We're proud to be involved in this project and the opportunity it has given the team to be innovative in the way they blended commercial products and available technology," said Capt. Michael Van Durick, program manager in NAVSEA's Deputy Commander for Surface Warfare Directorate. "The integrated product teams have fostered several new concepts that produced, for example, a high quality mission playback system and a fully functioning communications suite. This trainer is the prototype for future training systems to be developed and delivered by the PMS 339 program office."
Prospective watch teams will undergo a thorough eight-week training course, which will cover everything from knowledge lessons on system capabilities and limitations to complex threat scenarios conducted in conjunction with theater BMD entities.
"Starting in January 2015 when AATT comes online, a new watch team will commence training every eight weeks," said Mike Kroner, deputy director for CSCS's Technical Support Directorate. "After the first three watch teams have completed training, the host nation site will have an uninterrupted flow of incoming and outgoing watch teams deploying for six-month durations, maintaining three qualified watch teams deployed at all times."
The AATT facility development is nearly complete; the spaces designated for AATT in Gallery Hall are being renovated by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). The software is being developed by industry partners, and was demonstrated to CSCS staff in Jan.
"Equipment installation in the newly-renovated spaces will begin in May, culminating in 'Initial Operational Capability (IOC)' in Oct. , just in time for the first pilot class to kick-off in January 2015," added Kroner.
Deters noted that it's remarkable to see this program grow from the ground up.
"There are so many groups and organizations doing great work to make this become a reality," he said. "It will be exciting to see our first watch team complete the AATT course and deploy. It's great that we can extend the U.S. Navy's BMD capability to land and continue keeping our deployed forces, families, and allies safe."
The Center for Surface Combat Systems mission is to develop and deliver surface ship combat systems training to achieve surface warfare superiority. The CSCS headquarters staff oversees 14 learning sites and provides almost 70,000 hours of curriculum for nearly 700 courses a year to more than 40,000 Sailors. The training center uses a mix of blended learning comprised of instructor led classes, hands-on labs, simulation and computer-based training.
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