WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army has extended a contract with Maxar Intelligence for 3D terrain models used to create immersive training environments for soldiers, the company announced March 12.

Maxar, based in Westminster, Colorado, was awarded Phase 4 of the U.S. Army’s One World Terrain (OWT) contract. The program was originally awarded in 2019 to Vricon, a company Maxar acquired in 2020. 

The company uses data from its high-resolution Earth imaging satellites to make 3D mapping products. 

Terrain models for realistic training 

The One World Terrain contract with Maxar is estimated to be worth $94.7 million if all options are exercised. The company did not disclose the value of the new contract extension. A Maxar spokesman said the $94.7 million estimate previously reported “doesn’t reflect the full value of all our OWT contracts thus far.”

 Susanne Hake, general manager of U.S. government at Maxar Intelligence, said the One World Terrain program “enables more sophisticated modeling, simulation and training systems to optimize warfighter readiness.”

Hake said Maxar’s imagery and data analytics “offers an extremely accurate 3D representation of Earth.”

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