Proper production has yet to start on the Army’s new infantry fighting vehicle but training of crews for all four Badger variants can already take place thanks to Durban-based ThoroughTec.
The specialist simulator company’s tactical crew simulators for the Badger, set to replace Ratels starting late in 2016, have been delivered to the landward arm of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).
This will see crew training up and running well before the first of 238 Badgers is taken into service. The 8×8 vehicles will be built at Denel Land Systems in Lyttelton, Centurion, and delivered over a 10 year period.
ThoroughTec said it is the single largest supplier of driver and tactical simulators to the SANDF. The company will be using next month’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition as a platform for its Cyberwar range of military operator and tactical crew training simulators.
Its already built list includes tactical training simulators for armoured fighting vehicles, main battle tanks and anti-tank guided missile vehicles as well as the advanced operator driver trainers developed for armoured personnel carriers and gunnery and driver training for infantry fighting vehicles.
ThoroughTec simulator products have also found favour with the Australian, Swedish and Croatian militaries where its advanced driver training systems are currently in service.
Of its Cyberwar military simulator the company says: “The shift in global defence imperatives since the end of the Cold War has left many militaries struggling to strike a balance in their defence posture. Torn between the dynamic reality of low-intensity, asymmetric and peace support type operations and the persistent need to maintain credible conventional forces, governments have recognised the vital importance of Simulator based training as an effective, efficient means of managing this dilemma”.
The Cyberwar range of simulator systems has been designed and developed to optimise and enhance training of modern military forces across a broad spectrum of operations, reducing costs and improving training efficiency wherever deployed.
The simulators cater for all levels of synthetic training, from ab initio system familiarisation through low-level procedural instruction to advanced integrated tactical training.
“Our simulators are solutions for militaries looking to economically train large numbers of personnel on a range of vehicles and systems,” said David Cooke, ThoroughTec military business development manager.
“In a world where the bottom line all too often dominates training priorities, Cyberwar simulators are an affordable, effective alternative to traditional training and force preparation methods. They allow militaries to build up reserves of trained personnel and maintain learnt skills, ultimately maintaining force preparedness while cutting training costs and radically reducing wear on prime mission equipment,” he added.
The company’s headquarters as well as its research and development and production facilities are in Durban with sales and support offices in Australia, Chile, Canada, Russia and the US.