Multinational defense firm Elbit Systems has been chosen to provide training technologies for the UK navy’s future Dreadnought-class submarines.
The solution will reportedly be provided to British soldiers prior to the deployment of the submarine to ensure “safe and competent” operations.
According to the company, the selection expands its position in providing cutting-edge training systems to the UK military.
In addition to the training tech, Elbit will build and oversee a new test and reference facility for system integration and testing.
“Elbit Systems UK prides itself on its commitment to providing new and innovative solutions to the challenges facing our armed forces,” chief executive officer Martin Fausset said.
“The expertise we have in cutting-edge synthetic training capabilities, and how we will deploy this, represents a step-change in the way that major training and transformation programs are delivered.”
At 152 meters (408 feet), the Dreadnought-class submarine will be the largest, most powerful, and most advanced submarine operated by the Royal Navy.
It will replace the Barrow-built Vanguard fleet when it enters service in the early 2030s.
Dreadnought will be the first UK submarine to have mixed male and female crews.
According to British defense procurement minister Jeremy Quin, the vessel will play a crucial role in safeguarding the country’s national interests.
“Designed in the UK, built in the UK, and supporting tens of thousands of jobs in the UK, the Dreadnought program is a leading example of our commitment to defense manufacturing and will continue to boost British industry for decades to come,” he said.
BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce have already been awarded a contract to begin phase 3 of the program, exiting the Barrow-in-Furness shipyard to begin sea trials.