28 April 2011
The upgraded Advanced Air Defence Simulator (photo : Australian Aviation)
BAE Systems has announced the completion of System Acceptance Testing (SAT) for the Army’s Advanced Air Defence Simulator (AADS) Refresh project, fulfilling a $5 million contract issued by the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) in 2009.
The project saw BAE replace obsolete simulator dome projectors, computers and software with the latest equipment and programs to produce higher fidelity visuals and extend the facility’s life. Scheduled for completion at the end of March, BAE responded to a compressed schedule issued by the DMO and re-opened the facility on January 31.
The newly upgraded AADS training facility is used by the Army’s 16th Air Defence Regiment to provide training in the use of ground-to-air missile systems. BAE Systems is responsible for maintaining and operating the AADS facility, having been originally built and delivered by the company in July 2005.
“The refresh of the facility is excellent, the new display system is extremely impressive and means our ability to provide a simulated controlled tactical environment for the training of Ground Based Air Defenders is even more effective,” CO 16th Air Defence Regiment, LTCOL John McLean said.
BAE Systems is also contracted to operate the facility through to July 2013 (awarded under Land 19 Phase 2B), providing the Army with 270 training days each year.