- Posted August 31, 2014 by
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The International Market for Military Training and Simulation
The United States
The U.S. Department of Defense alone pays billions of dollars in goods and services every day, which is why America’s arms merchants are considered the best for all military needs. However, aside from what defense contractors may provide, the military training and simulation services offered are greatly sought after as well.
One of the latest trainings took place in July 2014 when the U.S. Air Force refocused its training to dealing with surface-to-air missiles and chemical weapons among other threats expected from Eastern Europe. The U.S. Army also upgraded its land-navigation simulator while the Navy embraced simulation and virtual reality for developing its submarine and surface programs.
The United Kingdom
The U.K. ‘s Ministry of Defense is working on improving its training after discovering many shortcomings. In August 2014 alone, the MoD struck a deal with QinetiQ to provide simulation training to the U.K. Army. The new program will provide air and land mission training through a program known as Distributed Synthetic Air Land Training 2.
France is also investing in military training and simulation programs. It is due to issue a request for proposals by the end of the year for instrumented Army training. This would be worth £30 million (US $50.9 million). With France’s apparent interest in training, companies such as the Swedish Saab have been vying for its attention. Saab has offered to supply the same army training system it had sold to the British Army to provide the French with much-needed instrumented training.
Défense Conseil International (DCI) is another company which the French Ministry of Defense has turned to. The company, which has the French government as one of its main shareholders at 49.90% shares, offers academic, operational and technical training. DCI is said to be able to deliver French military grade know-how… Over the past three months, it has been training Saudi Arabian, Libyan, Kuwaiti and Qatari cadets, and is accelerating its growth since Jean-Michel Palagos became its CEO.
The Middle East
Several countries in the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Israel, are starting to seek military training and simulation programs to modernize their armed forces. The U.A.E., which is planning to open the multi-agency Jehaziya complex for armed forces and other organizations in 2017, is actually receiving requests from the Indian and Pakistani air forces since its training programs are almost equal to those offered in Europe and the U.S.
With these countries strongly contributing to the military training and simulation sector of the international defense industry, more are bound to follow suit to defend themselves or become equally powerful.