Army unit trains with chem/bio simulator

MCLEAN, Va., 4 August 2005. ITT Industries recently completed delivery of its latest Fox M93A1 training system. The Fox is the U.S. Army's nuclear, biological and chemical reconnaissance system engineered to detect and map contaminants on the battlefield.

MCLEAN, Va., 4 August 2005. ITT Industries recently completed delivery of its latest Fox M93A1 training system. The Fox is the U.S. Army's nuclear, biological and chemical reconnaissance system engineered to detect and map contaminants on the battlefield.

Soldiers from the 83rd Chemical Battalion began training on the system at Fort Polk, La. in early May 2005.

The Fort Polk Fox trainer builds upon previously delivered training systems at the Army Chemical School and at the Fort Hood Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT) facility. The use of simulation brings greater realism to the Army's ability to train for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) operations. ITT developed this system in conjunction with the 83rd Chemical Battalion, the Department of Defense's Joint Project Manager NBC Contamination Avoidance, and the Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI).

"Unconventional weapons continue to pose a significant threat and ITT is proud to serve as an active participant in the nuclear, biological and chemical modeling and simulation industry," said Ralph Meoni, president of ITT's Advanced Engineering & Sciences division. "Delivery of this latest Fox training system will help our soldiers maintain a high state of readiness in support of force protection."

Army soldiers used the Fox, also known as the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance System (NBCRS), during Operation Iraqi Freedom and previous conflicts in the Gulf to identify and report possible hazards as well as establish clear routes around them.

As Army operations become increasingly digitized, the importance of full system training in data acquisition and processing has risen. Not only must soldiers properly employ the Fox's sophisticated detection and communications equipment, it is essential that commanders integrate the vehicle into mission planning and execution. To that end, ITT Industries continues to work with the DoD's CBRN community to leverage modeling and simulation for training.

ITT Industries, Inc. supplies advanced technology products and services in key markets including: fluid and water management including water treatment; defense communication, opto-electronics, information technology and services; electronic interconnects and switches; and other specialty products. Headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., the company generated $6.8 billion in 2004 sales. For more information, see www.itt.com.

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