Aspect scores $3.5M Orion simulator deal

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Aspect Computing is enjoying the fruits of the Howard Government's increased border protection spend, winning a $3.5 million contract to improve the simulator systems for P3 Orion coastal patrol aircraft.

Aspect, a subsidiary of services firm KAZ Computer, won the contract in Adelaide to upgrade the RAAF's PC-based Radar and Electronic Warfare Simulator Trainer (REWST) system in partnership with the South Australian simulation and engineering company SYDAC.

The contract calls on the partners to provide development and systems integration services by June next year, as well as training, support and enhancement services over a further three years. The deal builds on a 10-year on-going relationship between Aspect and the RAAF.

REWST is a training simulator used to develop and maintain the Airborne Electronic Analysts' skills, helping them become intuitive and skilled in interpreting, locating and classifying seaborne vessels using radar, acoustics and electronic support methods.

The systems support the RAAF's Orion aircraft, which have recently been upgraded with best-in-class capabilities, enabling the crew to provide maritime surveillance and naval fleet support for Australia's coastline and territorial waters.

The RAAF-Aspect contract puts the improvements in Orion radar, acoustics, Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and classification capabilities into the simulator training provided to RAAF recruits via REWST.

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