The Navy has announced it is awarding Cubic Simulations Systems a $300 million contract that will bring as many as 700 new jobs to the Orlando area. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson had a chance to sit down with the Navy just before the contract was announced.
"Orlando's place as the leader of simulation training has now been etched in stone," he told us.
Cubic Simulations Systems will begin the contract with 150 more jobs and add extra ones from there. Sen. Nelson said simulation training is a good way to deal with the rising costs of the military, and should save money over the long term.
"You can now train our military much more efficiently, effectively, and less cost by the use of simulators."
The simulators will be built to train naval crews on the new Littoral Combat Ship. It sails in more shallow waters than a regular battleship, and can change functions, almost like a transformer according to Nelson.
"They go closer to shore, but they have all the components that can switch out for whatever the mission is. If it's an attack mission, if it is a mining mission. If it is de-mining."
Nelson admits there has been a push in recent years to take away Orlando's simulation hub by other states and some in the military. He believes this will ensure Orlando's place as the home of warfare training for years to come.