Alion to build marksmanship simulators for Army

MCLEAN, Va., 22 March 2005. Alion Science and Technology has been awarded a training and support contract with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne valued at $3.11 million over five years.

MCLEAN, Va., 22 March 2005. Alion Science and Technology has been awarded a training and support contract with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne valued at $3.11 million over five years. The contract is to provide technical support/simulation integration work to the Division Commander at Ft. Campbell, Ky.

As the 101st Airborne Division of the Army is preparing to return to Iraq later this year, they have been training with the Engagement Skills Trainers (EST) operated by Alion. The ESTs are simulation systems for marksmanship and crew coordination training.

Recently the Alion team have been removed from EST operations and incorporated into the G3 (operations) Future Designs Branch where they work to support the division through training aid development, implementation, integration and fieldings as well as provide support in developing training infrastructure and garrison development toward future training needs.

"The work Alion has done and continues to do with the 101st Airborne is a reflection of our direct support of the warfighter," said Joe Owen, Alion vice president and manager of the Strategic Operation Group. "We are persistent in enhancing and developing training and simulation tools to better prepare warfighters for deployments."

Alion has also developed a next generation convoy trainer based on the one initially developed at Ft. Hood, which in turn was based on the EST. Digital kneeboards for pilots and a Reference Guide of training aids and simulations available to Ft. Campbell and the 101st have been developed; the Guide is currently undergoing its third revision.

As part of long-range planning, Alion has led development of the Simulation Master Plan, which is a roadmap to combine virtual constructive simulations into an integrated system. This plan has been accepted and, while the 101st is deployed, work will begin on the integration of separate training databases into a unified solution.

Alion Science and Technology is an employee-owned technology solutions company delivering technical expertise and operational support to the Department of Defense, civilian government agencies and commercial customers. Building on almost 70 years of R&D and engineering experience, Alion brings innovation and insight to multiple business areas: defense operations; modeling and simulation; information technology; wireless communication; industrial technology solutions; chemical, biological and explosive science; and nuclear engineering.

Based in McLean, Va., Alion has more than 2000 employee-owners at major offices, customer sites and laboratories worldwide. For more information, see www.alionscience.com.

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