3 Orlando simulation firms win spots on mega Marines training contract (by Alex Soderstrom)

Three Orlando-based simulation companies are among the seven firms selected to work on a U.S. Navy contract worth $127 million.

The contract is for work to support current training systems and develop new systems for the U.S. Marine Corps, which operates as part of the Department of the Navy. The contract mentions marksmanship, combat vehicle training and combat convoys among the areas included in the scope of the training work.

Locally, Applied Visual Technology Inc. (commonly known as AVT Simulation), Dignitas Technologies LLC and Engineering & Computer Simulations Inc. — which are part of Orlando’s $6 billion modeling, simulation and training sector — will work on the contract, the Department of Defense announced Aug. 27.

The contract runs until Aug. 26, 2026, with the option for the federal government to extend the contract to 2031. If extended until 2031, the deal would be worth $238 million.