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The partnership between Rheinmetall and Lockheed Martin in pursuit of the Canadian Army’s Land Vehicle Crew Training System (LVCTS) project has the new name of FORC3, and a lineup of Canadian suppliers to fulfil its mission, Rheinmetall writes in a press release.

First announced in June 2020, the strategic partnership led by Rheinmetall Canada includes:

  • Lockheed Martin Canada
  • Rheinmetall Electronics (Bremen, Germany)
  • Lockheed Martin Training and Logistics Solutions (Orlando, Florida)

The agreement was to create an international alliance with solid experience and expertise in the design, development, and implementation of modern combat vehicle virtual simulation centres used by Canada’s most important allies.

Together with Canadian defence, service, infrastructure, and simulation companies, FORC3 plans to provide the domestic capabilities to build and operate five LVCTS simulation centres across the country. The Canadian team comprises:

  • Rheinmetall Canada (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu)
  • Lockheed Martin Canada (Ottawa)
  • the ADGA Group (Ottawa)
  • Bluedrop Training and Simulation (Halifax)
  • EllisDon Construction and Building Services (London)
  • Paladin AI (Montreal)
  • REDspace Incorporated (Halifax)

The five custom-built simulation centres are expected to enable progressive training at the individual, crew, platoon, and higher echelon levels using high-fidelity trainers, medium-fidelity reconfigurable trainers and standard trainee workstations combined with a robust virtual environment and comprehensive instructional system.