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Astute submarine training system ready for use


Faslane, United Kingdom. – The Astute Submarine Command Team Trainer (ASCTT), a key element of the Astute submarine training solution, has been approved by the UK MOD as “ready for training”.

BAE Systems has developed the ASCTT to provide team and sub-team training for the Astute submarines’ command teams. The training system is located at the Faslane Naval Base and provides a full replication of the onboard control room environment, including sonar, fire control and optronics consoles.

By achieving ready-for-training status, BAE Systems has demonstrated that the system is not only fully functional, but that fully-trained staff are in place to teach each course. BAE Systems now takes on responsibility for providing onsite support, obsolescence management and technical refresh and agreed capability enhancements.
Paul Laity, Naval Programmes Director, BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies (Insyte), said: “By aligning our approach to our customer’s needs through the use of common performance measurements, we will ensure that the system gives the Astute crews the most effective training available throughout the life of the Astute submarine.”

FAST, a joint venture company between BAE Systems Insyte, L-3 and Flagship Training, was awarded a 30-year private finance initiative contract in 2001 by the UK MOD, valued at approximately £490m, to provide comprehensive training services for the first three Astute Class submarines for the Royal Navy. The development work is split between BAE Systems Insyte and L-3, with Flagship Training supplying the training design, the building and the instructors.

About BAE Systems:
BAE Systems is the premier global defence and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With 96,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems’ sales exceeded £15 billion (US $27 billion) in 2006*.

*On a pro forma basis, assuming BAE Systems had owned Armor Holdings Inc, for the whole of 2006


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