Bonn — Thales Germany and Transas Marine International have agreed to develop and market a system that can create a virtual simulation of an entire warship for training purposes, according to both companies.
Called a “Full Warship Coach,” the modular, configurable system will simulate various stations, such as the ship’s control on the bridge, the work in the engine room, the combat management system, door gunner exercises for helicopter missions and weapons training for boarding teams.
Teams can train individually or all teams can operate as a complex unit.
“We are delighted to have found a highly regarded partner for this project, who will contribute its comprehensive knowledge in the bridge simulation field and who is well-positioned internationally,” said Holger Brandt, vice president, Defence & Security Systems, Thales Germany.
Transas is an international developer and supplier of software, integrated solutions and hardware technologies for the marine, aviation, energy and transportation industries. It develops ship bridge simulators and engine-room trainers.
Thales Germany has experience in developing generic tactical and strategic trainers, as well as weapon simulators for civilian and military users.
“We expect to gain a clear competitive edge from this cooperation with Thales Germany,” said Ralf Lehnert, managing director, Transas Marine, based in Hamburg. “The synergies for the customer are clearly evident, since two technology leaders are combining their core competencies to create an exceedingly capable and cost-efficient team training system.”
Thales and Transas officials said that in addition to its role as a training device, the system could also help develop deployment principles and procedures and play a part in future procurement projects. Since both partners plan to contribute their already proven product portfolio, they expect a first-generation configuration to be available on the market soon.