The U.S. Navy awarded Cubic Corp. [CUB] $22 million in four delivery orders to create and deliver game-based courseware to support trainees for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the company said Wednesday.
The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract will be delivered by the company’s Orlando, Fla., operations. The company called its services “immersive game-based courseware” and specifically includes the development of the Immersive Virtual Shipboard Environment (IVSE) for LCS. This effort is considered to be in alignment with the Navy’s Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) initiative.
The RRL is part of the Sailor 2025 initiative to reorganize training and delivery methods into blocks of learning delivered closer to the time of actual use in a sailor’s duty, the Navy said.
RRL seeks to ensure all sailors receive modernized training at the point of needs to support assigned tasks through a phased approach, in “A” and “C” schools. “A” schools are considered basic operator and sometimes basic maintenance training for each rating while “C” schools cover advanced training schools. Depending on the rating, schools can last from weeks to over a year.
The Navy previously said that this kind of training could include tablets, a virtual environment, or a schoolhouse at a pier or in a squadron environment.
Cubic’s IVSE is set to be an advanced LCS learning product that will put trainees into a photo-realistic 3-D environment. It aims “to teach various tasks in settings that are virtually identical to real-life scenarios,” the company said.
These additional orders are set to add new functionalist and virtual content to the current LCS virtual training environment.
“We are pleased with receiving additional awards for the development of cutting-edge training and learning products for the U.S. Navy,” Dave Buss, president of Cubic’s global defense division, said in a statement.
“In order to provide our customers with a perfectly balanced training product such as our IVSE, we are continuing our recruitment efforts to add more talented individuals to our innovative, world-class team here in Orlando,” Ray Oliver, general manager of Cubic’s Orlando operations, added.