September 24, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
It may look like a video game but the Modeling, Simulation and Training (MS&T) industry in Florida is anything but entertainment. The state is home to the world’s largest MS&T cluster, encompassing hundreds of companies that provide virtual, augmented and mixed reality training for defense and commercial purposes.
Lockheed Martin’s MS&T business provides surface, air and undersea applications on more than 460 programs for the United States military and international customers. The company recently opened its Innovation Demonstration Center. The 20,000 square-foot building offers a full spectrum of ground, military training simulations, as well as a separate wing focused on F-35 flight training.
“The simulation and training technology we create has helped our customers reach new heights in capability, reliability and efficiency across the board. That is a heritage we are proud to be a part of and one that that is thriving right here in the Central Florida community,” said Jon Rambeau, vice president and general manager, Lockheed Martin Training and Logistics Solutions. “The launch of our new Innovation Demonstration Center marks the next chapter in that legacy, providing a world-class collaboration venue for our customers, community and industry partners.”
For more than a decade, Cole Engineering Services, Inc. (CESI) has been at the forefront of developing simulation-based training, technical services and other support services for the U.S. military and first responders. CESI was founded in Florida and, due to its past success, chose to expand its in-state headquarters and research and development operations.
“Cole Engineering is proud of the work we do to help train the brave men and women who have chosen to defend our freedom, and Florida has proven to be an ideal location for our company to meet their needs,” said Cole Engineering CEO Bryan Cole.
South Florida is a center for simulated flight training. When Boeing moved its training simulators from Seattle to Miami, it joined Airbus and Pan Am International Flight Academy. Together these companies make up one of the largest concentrations of flight simulators and commercial aviation training of any city in the world. The Boeing move was attributed in part to Miami’s distinction as the hub of the Americas.
“Boeing is adding nearly $100 million in training assets to the Miami campus, representing a significant positive impact for the local Miami-Dade economy,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president, Boeing Flight Services. “The result will be a premier state-of-the-art training campus staffed by world-class qualified and experienced pilots and instructors all providing the highest quality training in a well-established, flexible and productive work environment.”
These companies and the more than 330 others in Florida are leading the next generation of innovation in the MS&T industry. Nowhere else in the world does all this come together in such a unique and effective way.