September 3, 2020 – VirTra, Inc., a provider of training simulators for the law enforcement, military, educational and commercial markets, has announced that it has been awarded a USD $1.9 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract as a result of the company’s recent partnership with Infoscitex (IST), a subsidiary of DCS Corporation, in support of the US Air Force’s ‘Air Force Research Laboratory’s Airman Decision Making and Interface Research’ (ADMIRE) program.
VirTra provides its customers with a variety of training simulators, which essentially take the form of a virtual reality (VR) CAVE system. Users stand within a screened area or room that projects immersive content onto the walls in order to provide a more realistic training solution. VirTra’s CAVE environment training is primarily geared towards de-escalation, judgmental use-of-force, firearms and marksmanship, driving and other related training that mimics real-world situations.
Under the terms of the agreement, VirTra will serve as a subcontractor to IST, which recently secured a portion of the 6-year ADMIRE contract, valued at USD $135 million, according to the company. The intent of the contract is to develop technology that improves US military warfighters’ decision-making and marksmanship skills. As part of its partnership with IST, VirTra will develop an expanded high-resolution library of content and an enhanced simulation software engine, which will also integrate biometric feedback that is captured, synched, and meta tagged to improve models and methodologies that optimize human performance.
VirTra states that its work on this task order has already begun and the company’s involvement on the contract is expected to run through June 30, 2022.
Commenting on the announcement, Bob Ferris, CEO of VirTra, Inc., said: “One of our strategic priorities is to leverage our unique expertise and the world’s best simulation training technology and apply it to the military market”. He continued, “Recent events have brought to light that VirTra’s training technology is indispensable for law enforcement. And while we are continuing our push to ensure that law enforcement personnel have the best decision-making, marksmanship, and use-of-force training available, the fact remains that these needs extend directly to the military market as well. We’re very encouraged by our recent traction in the military market, but even more so, we’re especially cognizant of our unique position to help all first responders effectively improve essential skills.”
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