Thales modernises German Navy’s tactical trainer


The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Source Support (BAAINBw) has awarded Thales the contract to modernise the German Navy’s tactical and procedural trainer (TVTM1), at the naval training centre (MOS) in Bremerhaven.

After more than 10 years of almost unmodified operation, the IT infrastructure has become outdated and is no longer sustainable. As a result, the regeneration of the simulators is scheduled to be completed by August 2018.

“With this project, we solve the deterioration problems of existing systems and increase the capabilities of the tactical naval centre by participating in national and international simulated training and mission preparations,” explained Brunhilde Henze, project manager at BAAINBw S6.3 in Wilhelmshaven.

In detail, the order covers the regeneration of the “VT-MOS2”, “TVT” and “TacFloor3” tactical trainers last used in the TMZ4. A new reference system and a new software development environment will additionally be supplied for the simulators.

With the regenerated trainer systems, the tactical naval centre will also have the future capability to maintain the training of navy operators – covering a wide range of ranks – at a very high level. In addition, the capability to participate in networked simulation exercises on a national and international scale will be increased for the simulators. To this end, the replacement of the simulated training environment based on the HLA5 and DIS6 is essential. Within the modernised system, the tactical data exchange between the simulated and real participants takes place via Link 11, 16 and 22.

“With the current decision of Navy leaders concerning the future design of mission training, the education and training of crews and administrative officers using synthetic mission scenarios has become more important. In future, the TMZ will play a central role in this training network with the regenerated system,” added Navy captain Norbert Schatz, commander of the TMZ at the naval training centre.