RAN to Buy New KONGSBERG Ship-Handling and Navigation Simulators

Tuesday / November 22, 2016

Junior officers in the Royal Australian Navy will learn to pilot the next generation of warships in the upgraded $10m training facility at HMAS Watson, which was opened by the Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Steve Gilmore, AM, CSC, RAN on 25 March 2011. The new high-tech simulator, one of the most advanced in the world, uses computerised virtual reality software to simulate a working warship's bridge, complete with a 240-degree view of a computer generated 2D scene through the bridge windows. The simulators replicate the full range of maritime operations likely to be experienced while on the bridge of a warship and can be reconfigured to match most classes of ship in the RAN’s current fleet. New functionality includes boat operations, interdiction and docking and beaching evolutions pertinent to the new Landing Helicopter Dock ships, the first of which is due to enter service in 2014. The latest group of Junior Warfare Application Course officers completed their training on the new bridge simulator on 24 March 2011.

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is expanding its maritime simulator facility at HMAS Watson, Sydney with the addition of new KONGSBERG ship-handling and navigation simulators and the integration of a new visual display system for its existing bridge simulator. The expansion has been established under the current support contract between KONGSBERG and RAN, in order to provide capacity to meet current and increasing demands for training.

Kongsberg Digital, the new KONGSBERG Group division dedicated to delivering next generation software and digital solutions, including maritime simulators, will deliver a new stand-alone Full Mission ship’s bridge simulator, and a Part Mission bridge simulator based on its established and proven K-Sim Polaris simulator platform. Both systems will have the same functionality as the RAN’s existing bridge simulators at HMAS Watson allowing for cost-effective and straightforward integration into high quality training programmes for Australian Navy personnel.

In parallel to the delivery of new bridge simulators, KONGSBERG will also adapt the existing full mission bridge simulator – which is being relocated within the HMAS Watson facility – using new visual display technology. The simulator will be upgraded from a projector based system to the same LED screens that the RAN’s new Polaris simulators will use to deliver highly realistic visual scenes.

The K-Sim Polaris simulator platform has been developed over 20 years and is recognised as one of the most advanced maritime bridge simulators available today. Kongsberg Digital continues to support and deliver K-Sim Polaris in parallel to its new bridge simulator technology, K-Sim Navigation. K-Sim Polaris and K-Sim Navigation together with KONSBERG’s other K-Sim products, are installed at more than 700 maritime training centres and colleges worldwide.

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