Digitised Training Solutions & Services

Digitised Training Solutions

General Dynamics UK offers comprehensive training support for all its system integration programmes. This helps to ensure that customers are able to gain the full potential of our products and services, with the minimum delay and disruption to normal business.

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General Dynamics UK provides the full spectrum of training in support of military programmes, from individual and crew training through to support for major field exercises.

Military training systems are usually custom-built to accommodate the customer’s specific concepts and doctrine of use, and to integrate with existing training systems. They also need to be effective - the battlespace is no place to find out that training is inadequate – but also affordable. General Dynamics UK uses sophisticated, structured training design and development processes to ensure that training solutions are both effective and efficient.

One of the largest UK military training systems in recent times, designed by General Dynamics UK and delivered by its sub-contractors, is being used on the £2.4Bn Bowman programme to convert the British Army to digital communications. This involves training tens of thousands of military personnel, on 23 different courses delivered in nine countries around the world. The system contains over 1,200 hours of sophisticated computer-aided instruction, simulations and practical exercises.

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 The Bowman Training Centre at Bicester – one of 54 locations set up worldwide by General Dynamics UK to train military personnel in the use of digitised battlespace command and control systems.

Another key UK Ministry of Defence infrastructure programme involves providing managed information technology services for everything from high level battlespace communications to links between 300,000 civil servants and military staff. As part of its contribution to the Defence Information Infrastructure programme, General Dynamics UK is using its expertise to train over 1,000 military support staff for these services, deployed worldwide in land and maritime

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Training System Design and Development

Military training systems in the UK are designed using a method called Training Needs Analysis. General Dynamics UK has adapted the NATO specification for this method to accommodate the rapidly evolving nature of software-based systems and to support the UK Ministry of Defence’s Smart procurement procedures.

Since operational military systems are increasingly computer-based, the training systems that support them are also necessarily computer-based. This has drawn General Dynamics UK into the forefront of developing effective, efficient computer-aided instruction. The proof that these cutting-edge and sometimes controversial methods of instruction can work can be seen in the effective use of Bowman by thousands of service personnel on operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Computer-aided instruction is a key delivery method for General Dynamics UK’s software-based operational communication, command and control systems.

Training military communications engineers and system managers involves each trainee being able to experience and practice running whole systems, complete with typical data traffic, faults and active users. General Dynamics UK training system engineers have become expert at simulating entire military operations at every desk in a classroom, giving each trainee the confidence that he or she needs to handle these complex systems under the stress of live operations.

While computer-based training is useful for learning and rehearsing procedures, it cannot entirely replace practical exercises on operational equipment. In the early stages of a programme, General Dynamics UK’s trainers are often used to brief trials teams on getting the best out of the equipment.

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A General Dynamics Instructor training an Army Trials Team driver on a PIRANHA vehicle

Maintenance training is one area where the real equipment is indispensible for developing the necessary physical skills and mental models needed to repair and maintain complex military systems. General Dynamics UK is often asked to develop and build cut-away models and part-task training equipment from operational components.

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A cut-away section of a Land Rover containing Bowman equipment, used to train communications engineers

The Future Rapid Effects System (FRES) programme includes the exciting possibility of embedding training in vehicles’ computer systems. This will enable PIRANHA crews to set up and run their own exercises, as individuals or as entire crews, using the vehicle itself as a mission simulator. Maintainers, too, will be able to practice their procedures using a comprehensive menu of fault indications triggered by embedded instructional scenarios. This embedded training will comprise one component of a complex blend of classroom, simulator, workshop and field training.

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The PIRANHA vehicle is designed to have training embedded in the on-board computer systems.

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The Defence Information Infrastructure Project

The Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) (DII(F)) Project is a £4Bn ten year defence procurement programme to develop, implement, operate, manage and deliver a wide range of services to Ministry of Defence personnel across the globe. Services include messaging, web access, collaboration, office automation, data management, directory, interoperability, end-to-end service management, security and application hosting services.

The aim of the DII Project is to enhance the Ministry of Defence’s operational effectiveness by providing better IT and communication systems. This will enable greater strategic and operational agility during times of crisis whilst also creating a greater economy of effort. DII will supply all MoD land based sites within the UK, permanent overseas sites, all maritime platforms and Royal Marine Commando Units.

The DII Project will deliver a managed infrastructure service that will:

  • Provide secure information and services, with protection from attack and misuse;
  • Provide guaranteed levels of availability and continuity of operational and business services;
  • Support the sharing of information with Allies and other external parties, including Other Government Departments;
  • Allow users to collaborate interactively;
  • Allow authorised users access from any appropriate location;
  • Be easy to use;
  • Provide a common look and feel across Defence;
  • Provide accurate and current directory information;
  • Be responsible to requests for new services;
  • Facilitate the electronic management of information and records needed to meet the Freedom of Information Act and the Governments targets on electronic public records.

The scope of DII is to provide at least 150,000 terminals to approximately 300,000 users at 2,000 locations around the world.

For General Dynamics, DII (F) provides an opportunity to roll out network and communications infrastructure and for the company to be an essential provider of training for service personnel and for supporting the IT in the battlespace. This substantial and long-term project builds on our expertise in delivering battlefield communications and IT as part of the Bowman programme.

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