Bushmaster simulated training for future-ready force

The Protected Mobility Tactical Trainer (PMTT) is one of the latest innovations embraced by Army and is helping to achieve the aim of being a future-ready force.

CAPTION: Private Shaun Causer, of the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, operates a simulated MAG 58 machine gun as part of convoy simulation training with the Protected Mobility Tactical Trainer at Robertson Barracks. Story by Captain Peter March. Photo by Corporal Rodrigo Villablanca.

Developed by Applied Virtual Simulation (AVS), the PMTT system allows Army to train its soldiers to operate its fleet of protected mobility vehicles in a variety of tactical conditions and operational environments. It does this by providing realistic physical simulations of motion and an immersive experience for drivers, vehicle commanders and gunners.

First established at the Army School of Transport at Tobruk Barracks, Puckapunyal, the PMTT capability has expanded, finding a home at 1st Brigade, Darwin, earlier this year.

The system, which consists of five vehicle platforms, an after-action review station and an admin station, is designed around the training of junior mounted leaders and the development of teams, and can train up to 15 soldiers at any given time.

AVS’s field service representative in the Northern Territory Wade Meacham has been working with units from the 1st Brigade to help them get the most out of the new simulator.

“The interest in the PMTT has been huge and a lot of the units have been keen to come down and try it out,” Mr Meacham said.

“We’re looking forward to running some courses so that people can become more familiar with the PMTT, which we hope will lead them to develop their own training outcomes from the use of the facility.”

Much like Defence’s Weapons Training Simulation System (WTSS), Mr Meacham said one of the main benefits of the PMTT was its ease of access.

“Soldiers can come in and use the facility quickly, without the need for permits and other administration, or worrying about the maintenance of training areas and ranges and whether the vehicles they have in their hangars have been serviced and are up to date,” he said.

With a third system already in place in Brisbane, AVS is aiming to make the PMTT just as accessible as the WTSS by fielding more systems across the country to meet Army’s needs.

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