Army releases RFI for joint fires trainer, use-of-force capabilities

By Dan Schere / November 10, 2023 at 12:33 PM

The Army has released a request for information with the goal of soliciting feedback from industry on the fulfillment of future joint fires trainer (JFT) and use of force (UoF) capabilities.

JFT and UoF are capabilities that are part of the Soldier Virtual Trainer system, the RFI notes. The Soldier Virtual Trainer System “will increase the quality and quantity of realistic training task repetitions, accelerate and sustaining soldier skill target acquisition and increase soldier lethality and unit readiness.” Awards for the SVT “core,” which is the centralized hardware and software that supports the capabilities, have already been issued, the RFI notes.

The JFT capability will replace the Army’s legacy training device, Call for Fire Trainer III, which is almost at the end of its life cycle. The JFT capability will use “advanced technology while maximizing soldier participation and throughput in joint fires training.”

The UoF capability is needed because the Army Military Police currently do not have a program of record for training the force, the RFI states. The Army is asking for a solution that “is portable and utilizes leading technology to train the soldier in use of force.”

For both capabilities, the service is interested in using both commercial- and government-off-the-shelf products that will include hardware and software solutions, it states.

The Army is asking interested vendors to submit white papers by Nov. 20. The service expects to eventually release a request for solutions that will result in other transaction authority agreement prototype awards, the RFI states.