Mobile Concepts by Scotty, a Pittsburgh-based commercial vehicle and trailer manufacturer, completed the first phase of a Defense Department contract to convert ocean containers for use as training simulators for the Iraq Navy.
Mobile Concepts, once famous for its recreational vehicles known as Scotty trailers, took the short deadline, high priority contract to combine two ocean containers to house a training center that simulates the bridge of a naval ship.
After other companies turned down the project because it had to be completed by the end of the year, Brian Wythe, head of the training project, contacted Mobile Concepts and offered them two contracts, one for the full mission bridge trainer and another for the custom remodeling of a single container to accommodate a small arms trainer.
The containers provide the essential basic durability needed to hold up to the elements and shipping wear and tear for years to come.
After leaving the Mobile Concepts factory, the FMBT containers will be shipped to Northrop Grumman in Ocean Springs, Miss., for a 3-month installation of ship simulator components on their replica naval ship. The next leg of the trip will take the fully-equipped FMBT to Morgan City, Louisiana, where it will be housed by Swiftships.
It will be used to train members of the Iraq Navy in ship navigation. It will eventually be transported to its final destination in Iraq after the initial group of Iraq Naval personnel has completed training stateside.
The second portion of the project, the SAT container, will be completed by Mobile Concepts by the end of January, 2010. It will be used to train the Iraq Navy on the use of deck-mounted weaponry on their ships. Virtual reality training equipment and software will be installed by Dynamic Animation Systems, of Fairfax, Va.
"Although we've modified ocean shipping containers in the past , this project challenged our design team because of the need to join two containers together to accommodate the large Northrop Grumman pilot house simulator, but Mobile Concepts will always accommodate Department of Defense customers," said Anne Degre, president of Mobile Concepts.
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