PORT ORANGE, FLORIDA – Raydon Corporation has been awarded a $20 million contract by the U.S. Army National Guard, through GSA, to expand its training infrastructure. The National Guard will add 10 Virtual Convoy Operations Trainers (VCOT) to its existing fleet of 114 and upgrade three existing systems.
“With this contract award, the National Guard continues a 20-year tradition of rewarding commercial innovation,” said Don Ariel, Raydon’s co-founder and CEO. “Our work together has been a kind of innovation incubator, combining our scientific research and training expertise with the National Guard’s commitment to continuous improvement. Together we have deployed a commercial training infrastructure, including VCOT, that is both flexible and cost-effective, directly addressing the Guard’s challenges of budget and mission volatility.”
The VCOT is a mobile classroom that was first developed and fielded by Raydon in 2004. Units have been deployed in all 54 states and territories in which the National Guard operates. The current, fourth generation VCOT is a powerful training tool that helps develop skills in unstabilized gunnery, maneuver and convoy operations, providing commanders the ability to network systems together for higher echelon training. This unique virtual reality system offers training from individual to crew to company level.
“All the land forces stand to benefit from this powerful capability,” said Ariel. “Our motto is ‘Unleash the Power of Human Performance,’ and VCOT does that by measurably improving combat-critical psychomotor and cognitive skills.”
“This was a collaborative effort between the National Guard Bureau and Raydon,” said John Yalden, Raydon’s Director of Account Management. Toni Henry, Vice President of Business Development added: “We are proud of the work Raydon and the National Guard have done together over the last 25 years and it is a real honor for us to play a role in the readiness of our nation’s soldiers. Making sure America’s men and women in uniform are trained for their mission and getting them home safely is at the heart of Raydon’s mission.”
Raydon Corporation has been designing and delivering cutting-edge virtual training capabilities for almost three decades. Long acknowledged for effective training tools that seamlessly transfer skills from the virtual world to the real world, Raydon provides a wide range of training resources to military and commercial organizations around the world.
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About Raydon Corporation.
Raydon Corporation has been a world leader in virtual reality training solutions for military for nearly 30 years. Our innovative approach to virtual training design has yielded several defense market training firsts including the world’s first Convoy Operations Trainer, Route Clearance Trainer, Mounted Machine Gun Trainers, and most recently Stryker Trainers.
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