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Army Getting Hi-Tech Simulators
Reading, PA — A state-of-the-art training simulator will soon be preparing war fighters for battle in constantly changing landscapes and conditions. Listed as a top priority for America's military, Fidelity Technologies Corp. will build 50 Call For Fire Trainer (CFFT) simulators for the U.S. Army and Army National Guard.

The systems use simulation technology to train soldiers as "forward observers" who can accurately direct artillery, mortar, naval gun fire and bombing missions at enemy positions.

The CFFT provides a realistic, three-dimensional battlefield simulation, with the trainee, as well as friendly and enemy forces, in motion. Trainers can create a range of environments, with daytime or nighttime conditions in geo-specific terrain. The trainee controls computer generated friendly forces to deploy currently available weaponry including precision laser-guided missiles. Trainers can integrate high resolution terrain databases, realistic moving and stationary models, simulated weapons effects, US Army software, and a combination of simulated and virtual military equipment. Soldiers can participate in scenarios that emulate real-life missions.

With lifelike graphics and sound, this immersive training system provides the feel of a wartime scenario at a fraction of the cost of on-the-ground training missions. The units are constructed in a variety of formats for different levels of portability and trainer-to-trainee ratios. The software can easily be updated to accommodate changes in the weapons technology it simulates and can be adapted to train for a virtually unlimited variety of roles and tasks. "The CFFT training systems have proven to be extremely valuable for the safety and effectiveness of our war fighters," explained J. David Gulati, president of Fidelity Technologies Corp. "Fidelity has developed a strong relationship with the military to develop the CFFTs, and is pleased to offer our latest version of the technology."

The CFFT can be used for procedural, tactical, and strategic training in controlling and directing ground and air firepower. The system also trains soldiers to use proper procedures and protocol individually or in group combat.

Under the contract, which was signed in September, Fidelity will install the systems at Army and National Guard training centers throughout the United States. The systems will also be installed at regular Army artillery units, including some that are deployed overseas. Deliveries were scheduled to start in January.

"The military first asked us in 1993 to develop important technology to support these forward observers on the battlefield," Gulati explained. "Over time, we have revamped and updated the product to address the ever-evolving technology involved in warfare. We are proud to offer The CFFT, which will play a critical role in protecting our soldier in combat."

The system trains the soldier to use proper procedures and protocol to call in target coordinates in support of operations using artillery, mortars, naval gunfire, and close air support assets. The CFFT can be used for procedural, tactical, and strategic training in controlling and directing ground and air firepower.

"As a result of lessons learned in Iraq, the Army directed that every soldier receive basic training in call for fire mission procedures," Gulati said. "The Call for Fire Trainer is comprehensive in its capability to support introductory task-based skills training, intermediate and refresher training, and complex mission planning."

Contact: Fidelity Technologies Corporation, 2501 Kutztown Road, Reading, PA 19605 610-929-3330 fax: 610-929-1969 E-mail: Web:

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