Army Prototype Will Enhance Force-on-Force Soldier Training
Service uses new contracting method to speed development
Arlington, VA. – June 18, 2019 –The U.S. Army awarded a $692,223 agreement to ZelTech Training Solutions (ZTS) of Winter Park, Florida, to provide a prototype for improving solider training by integrating the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) with state-of-the-art software technology.
Funded through the Army’s Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX), ZelTech will develop a prototype of the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System / Wireless Independent Target System (WITS) for enhancing live, force-on-force soldier training.
The Army uses MILES to replicate direct fire engagements on the individual soldier and all vehicles. The Army’s intent is for all current and future MILES to use the Army-owned open system architecture. The existing MILES devices currently have proprietary software. The WITS components will be an integrated combination of both the old proprietary software and hardware with newly developed software. They will provide open-sourced communications and interfaces, bringing WITS up to the latest standards.
The TReX Other Transaction Authority (OTA) and consortium is managed by the Arlington, VA.-based National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL), which will provide support to ZelTech Training Solutions.
“We are honored to be selected by the Army for this effort to develop a prototype essential for improving Soldier training,” said ZelTech’s Bill Barfield. “By improving live, force-on-force training, we are helping to improve the lethality and survivability of U.S. soldiers when deployed in conflict.”
The effort was awarded via a prototype OTA, which is designed to encourage non-tradition Defense contractors to participate in the DOD acquisition process and rapidly develop prototypes for assessment. Under the terms of the agreement, ZelTech will deliver a prototype in fiscal year 2019. After review, the Army may choose to develop additional units for further testing and possible production.
The agreement was awarded last November and made public in June.
The TReX Consortium offers an alternative approach for the Army and for non-traditional Department of Defense industry partners with technologies they want the Army to consider. TReX helps to rapidly transition technologies from innovators to the U.S. military, ranging from individual warfighter gear to large-scale defense systems.
About NSTXL – The National Security Technology Accelerator is a non-profit based in Arlington, VA. It is the essential Pentagon partner for rapidly delivering mission-driven systems and emerging technologies to the U.S. military. www.NSTXL.org