Niceville, FL – September 12, 2023 – The US Navy has awarded Vertex Solutions two contracts to supply advanced extended reality (XR) flight simulators, commonly referred to as Immersive Training Devices (ITDs), to bolster the Naval Aviation Training Next program. The initial contract is a five-year single-award IDIQ agreement, boasting a ceiling of $28 million. Designed with adaptability in mind, this contract, much like Vertex’s versatile ITD platform, offers the flexibility to acquire simulators catering to a diverse range of Navy aircraft platforms.


Promptly following contract award, the Navy initiated the first Delivery Order (DO). In this inaugural award, the Navy is poised to capitalize on Vertex’s established T-6 virtual reality (VR) ITDs, strategically propelling their undergraduate pilot training program, Project Avenger, headquartered at NAS Corpus Christi, TX. This strategic leap forward is accompanied by a comprehensive strategy to procure a total of 150 ITDs in the coming years.


This represents a notable advancement for the Navy’s undergraduate pilot training program, bringing about improved efficiency in aviation training and aircrew production. This enhancement is set to result in substantial time and cost savings for the Navy. Vertex’s XR ITD solutions currently supporting USAF and USN end users seamlessly build on our prior successful execution of SBIR Phase I/II initiatives.


“Following the successful implementation of our ITDs powering the Navy’s Project Corsair T-45C program and the USAF’s Pilot Training Transformation program, Vertex is excited to expand our support to the Navy on an enterprise level, now assisting their undergraduate pilot training program. It’s gratifying to build on our past achievements by offering cost-effective, modular, and immersive flight simulators to the Navy in support of their future training needs.”

— Dennis Wikoff, President and COO, Vertex Solutions


Under this IDIQ and subsequent DOs, Vertex will serve as the Prime software and hardware integrator, building on our already successful performance on previously awarded PTT contracts. Vertex On-Site Simulation Support Specialists will provide assistance and technical expertise from the initial delivery and installation, until the end of the delivery period of this DO.


The IDIQ provides the Navy with the freedom to increase the ceiling, procure additional VR or MR flight simulators for other aircraft platforms, and add engineering and on-site support services to sustain the Navy’s growing fleet of ITDs. “Our team is dedicated to delivering the most effective training solutions,” said Derrick Barton, CGO, Vertex Solutions. “We are truly honored to support Naval Aviation Training Next’s undergraduate pilot training program with our cutting-edge training technology.”


Vertex looks forward to collaborating with trusted partners like Ryan Aerospace, Varjo, Foxguard Solutions, TakeFlight, and ASTi on another exciting pilot training program in support of the US Department of Defense!


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About Vertex Solutions

Vertex Solutions LLC (Vertex), is a certified woman-owned small business that has been providing award-winning training support services to the U.S. Government and private-sector firms for nearly 30 years. We specialize in integrating the latest in learning science, hardware, and software to produce the most effective training possible, from instructor-led training, to courseware development (CWD), to advanced, lightweight, reconfigurable extended reality (XR) simulators. We are a prime contractor for three Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) programs focusing on revolutionary XR training systems: Pilot Training Transformation (PTT), the Multi- Place Mixed Reality (MPMR) Flight Simulator, and the Virtual TRaining for Air Dominance (VTRAD) programs. Under these three programs alone, we have successfully designed, developed, and delivered more than 260 fixed- and rotary-wing XR flight simulators, as well as hundreds of smaller XR training devices, to the USAF. The US Navy has also adopted these same reconfigurable simulators for their T-45 training programs and now the T-6.


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