Rheinmetall’s Naval Trainer Makes Wave at Singapore

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German defence firm, Rheinmetall showcases the Total Ship Trainer here at IMDEX Asia from May 3-5, 2023.

The fully networked and integrated solution system is aimed at providing realistic land based training of complete ship crews. Rheinmetall is currently delivering the system to the Royal Thai Navy, correspondent to a contract signed in July 2021.

Bremen’s Rheinmetall Electronics was awarded the contract to build the facility, which is known as the Naval Mission Training Centre (NMTC). Rheinmetall is not only supplying the simulators, but is also responsible for the construction of the training building at the naval base in Sattahip, Thailand. The project also includes interconnection with other Royal Thai Navy facilities and the training of teaching staff.

The two-story NMTC includes 20 individual simulators in full-mission and part-task configurations, as well as four associated classroom trainers and related briefing/debriefing equipment.

The outstanding feature of the NMTC system is the ability to combine the individual simulators for Total Ship Training. In the NMTC, the bridge, engine room, operations centre and damage control simulators together form a ship of their own and interact with each other.

This enhanced collaboration enables joint team training of a ship’s essential crew members. In particular, operational procedures and communication methods can be trained and optimised in a wide variety of internal and external naval warfare scenarios. This makes the previous individual crew training much more realistic and comprehensive, so that the entire crew is better prepared for combat readiness at sea.

Royal Thai Navy (RTN) personnel is currently being trained in Rheinmetall’s facility in Germany from October 2022, concurrent with the integration of the system in the RTN’s service. In January 2023, the navy instructors successfully completed their very intensive training on all individual simulators of the Total Ship Trainer configuration and on the server system.

The entire system was on a sea transport to the Sattahip naval base in mid-April, where system integration and commissioning will begin in the completed training building. Final acceptance by the customer is scheduled for July 2023.—shp/adj/aaa (Image: Rheinmetall)