Raytheon was honored with two coveted Brandon Hall Bronze awards for virtual reality training systems developed for the U.S. Army. Often called the 'Academy Awards' of the training industry, the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program is the most prestigious awards program in the learning and training industry.
"This special recognition reinforces Raytheon's position as a premier provider of training and training support services," said Pete Vangjel, vice president of Raytheon's Global Training Solutions business. "We've trained millions of people around world to help prepare them for the world's most important missions."
Raytheon won a Bronze award in Best Use of Games or Simulations for its Joint Multinational Readiness Center Mobile Instrumentation System. The company partnered with the U.S. Army Europe to develop the system, which blends virtual, live (including live-fire), and constructive training into a simulated training environment that literally spans the globe. The system consists of a mobile suite of sensors, cameras, training instrumentation, communications and computer networks all working together to create a blended training environment that can extend over hundreds of miles.
Raytheon won a second Bronze Award in the same category for the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability Instrumentation System. The system provides U.S. Army Pacific a "strategic readiness bridge" to ensure enhanced home-station unit readiness between Combat Training Center rotations and when CTC rotations are not available and extend training and readiness opportunities to our Joint and Multinational Partners.
These two virtual reality training systems are changing the way large-scale, collective training is being done. Organizations are networked together virtually, and appear 'shoulder to shoulder' in the training scenario. Effects can be virtually created, to include fires, cyber and aerial effects. Costs on transport, fuel and supplies necessary to move large organizations hundreds of miles are reduced significantly, as organizations can participate at their home stations and connect virtually with thousands of other trainers around the world.