Army National Guard-Convoy Operations
Challenges Facing the ARNG
At the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army National Guard (ARNG) had the challenge to prepare units for combat operations overseas under considerable timeline constraints. During this time, there were no virtual training equipment available to commanders to use to get their units ready to deploy. In addition to the lack of convoy simulation equipment, the ARNG had a logistics issue of being spread across 50 states. The ideal solution for the ARNG would need to be highly capable, but also allow for the movement between states to meet the training demand.
How We Helped
The Raydon team was able to quickly develop the Virtual Convoy Operations Trainer (VCOT) in under 90 days by leveraging core training capabilities within their existing commercial product lines. The VCOT, still the most prevalent and effective Convoy trainer in the world, allowed commanders to train an entire wheeled vehicle platoon within a standard 53′ trailer. The content provided on this system allowed the units to train in the actual areas they were being deployed to.
The VCOT training system has been distributed to all states and territories forming the backbone of a broader training infrastructure and has been upgraded four times since its inception. Raydon is currently beginning development on the 5th generation of product line.