Canada’s Department of National Defence has selected a series of training simulations for its systems that counter improvised explosive devices. The Virtual Task Trainers from Vancouver-based NGRAIN will be used to teach maintenance skills for Expedient Route Operating Capability (EROC) vehicles and Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) devices.
The simulations are responses to maintenance issues with heavy vehicles built to survive IED explosions, which makes removing components for repair difficult. The Buffalo IED clearance vehicle will receive Power Pack Removal and Transfer Case virtual trainers that will be used in schoolhouses and by combat engineer units.
The Husky mine detection vehicle is equipped with ground penetration radar (GPR) that is difficult to remove and install, according to NGRAIN. A GPR virtual task trainer for the Husky will provide systems overviews, animations, and interactive models for virtual maintenance practice.
The Buffalo power pack trainer will be delivered by the end of this year, while the other virtual trainers are scheduled for early 2013. NGRAIN declined to specify the value of the contracts.
The vehicle trainers are part of a slew of force protection virtual task trainers that NGRAIN has sold to the Canadian military. Virtual maintenance trainers for the man-carried Portable Counter Measures and vehicle-mounted Mobile Counter Measures IED radio jammers will be used by the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics as well as field units. In addition, the Air Brakes System Virtual Task Trainer will be used by the Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics to train operators on the 31 steps necessary to safely operate an air brakes-equipped vehicle.