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In its current state, the BFTT is a pier-side system, just like the trainers Admiral Kidd demanded.
The US Navy's Advanced Integrated EW System (AIEWS), produced by Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics and Sensor Systems (Syracuse, NY), is just one such system (as is the BFTT, although the Navy has yet to implement this capability for doctrinal reasons).
The team training environment wants that capability." The AIEWS embedded trainer also has an interface to the STOW, which connects to BFTT. Since BFTT enabl es training with other systems on the ship, other ships in a battlegroup, and theoretically any installation around the world that has a BFTT capability, navies could run a global exercise with numerous participants around the world.
The RAN also has a requirement that the trainers be interoperable with BFTT for coalition training.
The BFTT system, developed by AAI (Hunt Valley, MD) and based on the company's Generic Navy Stimulator/Simulator (GNSS), would allow a number of ships and shore units from both services to participate in the same virtual battlespace, even though they may be geographically dispersed -- say, one fleet unit in San Diego and another in Sydney (for more on the BFTT system and the GNSS, see "Navy OBTS Program Gears Up for Production," JED, February 2000, p.
The BFTT system, in conjuction with the GNSS and other devices will allow Navy personnel to "train like you fight," Cooley explained.
As described by Mike O'Neal, the deputy program manager for PMS-430, the Navy's Combat Systems Training Office, the BFTT (we've chosen the more ambitious acronym) is a COTS-based open-systems architecture that can run off a single workstation.
And those "things," of course, would include a range of daunting threats, as BFTT stimulates the radar, EW and sonar systems to pick up incoming cruise missiles, hostile aircraft and lurking submarines.
BFTT's capabilities, while impressive, must be placed in the proper context.
Where the BFTT makes its generational leap beyond the 20B4/20B5 is in packaging, obviously.
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- BFT MMC
- BFTT Information Network
- BFTT Operator Processor Console
- BFTT Training Software EW