11 Juli 2016
DND allocates PHP80.4-M for acquisition of ‘Virtual TESS’ (photo : US Army)
The Department of National Defense (DND) is allocating the sum of PHP80,400,000 for the procurement the “Virtual-Tactical Engagement Simulation System Lot 2” (Virtual TESS) for the use of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. This includes initial Integrated Logistics Support for the equipment.
Prospective bidders must have completed a similar project five years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, said DND bids and awards committee vice-chair Director Nebuchadnezzar S. Alejandrino. Pre-bid conference is scheduled for July 19, 10:00 a.m. at the DND BAC Conference Room, Basement, DND Building, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
While bid opening is on Aug. 2, 10:00 a.m. at the same venue. Winning bidder must be able to deliver the items within 180 calendar days upon receipt of the Notice to Proceed.
Tactical Engagement Simulation System is a training system for using weapons. Laser transmitters are usually used instead of bullets, larger rounds, or shorter-range guided weapons. A laser transmitter is mounted on the weapon and aligned with the weapon’s barrel.
Events in the training are recorded on the exercise computer. After-Action Review (AAR) can include comprehensive analysis of weapon firing, accuracy and warhead effects on the targets. Such techniques have taken much speculation out of the assessment of field exercises and have resulted in more realistic training than used to be available other than by using (dangerous) live firing.