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31 May 2012

UDT-Europe: No More €100 Flying Buffets, Please!

UDT-Europe held in Alicante was fairly well-attended despite the lack of official usual naval and governmental delegations, according to several exhibitors. The keynote address from Adm. Jaime Munoz Delgado, Head of Naval Logistrics of the Spanish Navy set the tone for the conference and rolled into a panel discussion with Senior officers from four different countries (US, UK, France, Chile) in addition to Spain.  The discussion was led by a former Spanish Admiral from the main corporate sponsor Navantia – to whom we owe quite a lot for their extraordinary contributions to this conference and modest but intriguing exposition. This panel examined the growing list of “complex undersea threats,” “operational challenges” and “industrial cooperation in fulfilling current and future requirements.”  Succeeding plenary sessions on Wednesday and Thursday examined Undersea Challenges in the Next 20 Years – “How will the Undersea Landscape Look?” and simply “Maritime Security.”

The conference itself was primarily focused on the latest developments and experiences with sensors, C2 and C3, countermeasures for torpedoes and mines, signature management, the undersea digital realm, AUVs and RC UVs and MCM assets, weapons payloads, and platform designs components and combat systems.  Please see the web site (www.udt-global.com)  for more information and the opportunity to contact the organisers for presentations.

There were many compelling developments; we can only offer but a few highlights: 
Seebyte announced the sale of its AUV software technology to the Royal Netherlands Navy and its role in a recent sale of technologies to Australia’s DSTO.  It was also selected by the US DoD for FCT programme review.

Go Science Limited is the world's first and still only circular (tubular?) AUV that can be pretty much adapted to whatever task is required - within reason. It is a magnificent UK innovations, looks cool, easy on budgets, self-contained, fully-autonomous (but can be towed) and can left to run on its own fulfilling any number of stealthy AUV-initiated ISTAR missions.  The software is platform agnostic, the IT is loaded into the "hoop" composite fibre body and the long-life battery is stored in the underbelly of the AUV, giving it ballast.  This was by far the most intriguing and innovative AUV technology there and is - typically British: under-stated and under-promoted.

Kongsberg Mesotech announced the 5.0 version of MS 1000 processing software. Meanwhile Kongsberg Maritime, (Kudos on the 5th Fleet contract award…and the Italian Navy award…and the Japanese Navy award and…) and its not-too-recent acquisition Hydroid, have reached full “critical mass” whereby their post-mission analysis tools (i.e. for the Japanese Navy), Muse database integration (incl. cameras, sensors, etc.) and Navigation system technologies (i.e. form Hugin) and other proprietary technologies become fully-integratable and interoperable, available as an end-to-end solution or as individual components that can be used in new systems by prime contractors, upgrades,  for LCM, etc.  They can more cully capitalise on the Kongsberg and Hydroid specialities and use them together or separately in the defence, maritime security or off-shore realms.  What they can offer is some of the best and most proven components and systems on a COTS and even MOTS basis.  Arguably, this heralds a new area and level of interoperability for the UDT realm.

DCNS showcased their SCORPENE family SKKs and tis optional MEMA AIP section.

(Graphic: DCNS)

Saab Underwater Systems, part of Saab Dynamics, has a rather new and compelling offer in the form of the SUB ROV, which is modelled somewhat on the AUV 62, but is more modular to handle the growing list of multi-roles for UUVs / AUVs.  It is torpedo tube-launched AUV that can be retrieved by a tethered unit to pull it back into dock in a submarine's flooded torpedo tube.  It can be deployed and retrieved up to about 3 Km from the submarine.  About the size of a typical heavy torpedo the XXX is fully modular to suit any number of missions making ti multi-role and cost effective.  When it comes to UAV platforms, the motivs of modularity, COTS-MOTS crossovers, cost reduction and LCM underpinned the business strategy to meet growing needs effectively.

RJE International introduced their DNC-200/ 250 Diver Navigation and Mapping Consoles.

Sonardyne showed off its Solstice which weighs circa 2-3 kgs and has very sharp 100 metre range and views downward and to the sides of an AUV.  Sonardyne remains the leader (based on units sold and in deployment) in diver detection with its rather heavier Sentinel  However, what was really intriguing was their new acquisition of MARSS NIDAR, which is a very extensive C2 suite that surpasses anything on the market for habour, shore, even coastal threat detection analysis and response.  Used with their or existing sonars, the NIDAR suite provides significantly more functionality, flexibiolity or adaptability than any other suit of its kind.  It can even help decide and execute the most appropriate countermeasures based on its ability to conduct thorough threat analysis.

Recognised as the best performing intruder detection sonar on the market, SENTINEL has been deployed around the world to protect strategically important waterside facilities, ports and vessels.(Photo: Sonardyne)

TNO presented some nifty new enhancements to some of its solutions launched at UDT in London 2011. Among them most notably was the ability to use APPOXA  - their remarkable passive diver detection technology - for detection of special ops using “Re-breather” SCBAs that have virtually no signature in water.  To date, no one else has been able to do this. Their “Mud” VLA-SAS technology is still one of the best at discovering UXOs and other nasty things buried in silt and mud on the sea bed / ocean floor.  Please see their website and look for the new PRIMA tablet system for identifying, tracking, counting, tracing marine animals…then, think laterally for a moment to see what’s likely to be next.

EPC Groupe has an impressive display of breaching and other types of detonation devices / explosives - perhaps to remind us what can be used for or against Armed Forces and naval assets.

Prevco celebrated its 3000th PRV, made from titanium and these dual seal pressure relief valves will likely to continue to grow as they help reduce TCO and have longer life against galling and corroding – among other more obvious advantages. () Their ceramic subsea enclosures seem to have been engineered to overcome many of the problems previously associated with such structures, such as weakness in shearing tension, shock-laid susceptibility and lack of impact resistance.

BAE Systems was showcasing STINGRAY and ARCHERFISH torpedoes (the US favourite for common “mine neutralisation”), which is also configured for airborne deployment from helicopters and – when ready – the US Navy’s LCS.  As an integrator, BAE Australia has a strong interest in the “de-risking” nature of the SEA 1778 programme in Australia. The contractors for this tender will be announced in 2013, which coincides rather nicely with the R A Navy's anniversary and the ever-so-slightly-shifted dates for Pacific 2014 into late 2013...it suits us and our sister publication, NAVAL FORCES just fine.

STINGRAY Mod1 Torpedo (Photo: BAE Systems)

DSG of Norway - the supercavitating round and multiple environment ammo innovators - have a mine / sub / torpedo / AUV-kill round.  This multiple-defeat "bullet" looks a bit like the spike anti-tank round, only much smaller for firearm deployment.  Richard Morgan of DSG heads up a NATO industry Study group that examine torpedo kill technologies and strategies. This pretty much clinches it that DSG is the clear leader in this very niche niche. But the possible other applications of their ammunition technology make them one to keep an eye on. (MILITARY TECHNOLOGY on Linked in will post the whitepapers on arming UUVs with supercavitating ammo and using said ammo for torpedo kill).

Bowtech, introduced the world’s first 3-D cameras for viewing and C2 operations with RC Robotics & UUVs to best provide the end user with life like depth perception and increase effectiveness when deploying these assets.  Bowtech also makes a number of other innovative products including HD and low-light vision and sub-mariner covert vision, LED lighting, RF / Fibre Multiplexing, Fibre Optic rotary joints and other innovative offerings, including opticals on CBRN resilient recon vehicles.

One might note that Aselsan and Roketsan, segment leaders from Turkish were not exhibiting, but certainly keen to speak with partners and possible customers.

STAMP (Photo: Aselsan)

Enerysys / Hawker was there - but none of their competitors seemed to be present -to remind the industry who is powering them, “Lest we forget…”

And not to forget Atlas Elektronik, Hale Hamilton, Rafael, Rheinmetall, Thales, MacTaggart & Scott, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Truflo, Gamesa, and a host of others who keep subs submerged, AUVs autonomous and, really, our waters safe.  When we see how BMT, Hydro Group, Edgetech, Seabotix and others cross from the commercial environment into the defence environment, one is reminded that this is also a realm of complementary interests and partnerships.  For example, Nevesbu B.V. in the Netherlands are naval architects for submarines, working both as part of DUKCS (Dutch Underwater Knowledge Centre) - with Thales Netherlands, Imtech, and TNO – and as a provider of upgrades and LCM for “upkeep” it is easy to see how a company can be busy with both the commercial off-shore sector and the naval defence and maritime security sector at the same time. BTW – Nevesbu is also working with Navantia on its much acclaimed S80 and Malaysian Frigate upgrade programmes.

SEAFOX vehicle with COBRA attachment (Photo: Atlas Elektronik)

The Innovation Showcase gave exhibitors a chance to promote their latest and greatest - or even new ways of thinking about their leading offerings. The Chinese “corporate tourists” were also seen "walking the floor" with the Chinese Industry doing the typical photograph the living hell out of everything on every stand to copy ineffectively later - they don't even try to hide the fact that they are conducting industrial espionage anymore. (I’m a sinologist, speak Mandarin and used to advise companies on doing business in China – I can say this categorically and with impunity)

Although there are, on balance, good and not-so-good things about the organisation of UDT-Europe.  But overall, participants seemed to be satisfied.

One word of advice to the organisers who put together a reasonably successful networking evening: “Please no more €100 (plus VAT!) ‘Flying Buffets’!” They are not good value in an age when budgets are tighter than ever before now.

Besides, after a long day at an expo, no one wants to chase wait-staff for their measly share of over-priced hors d oeuvres to try to piece together something of a satisfying evening networking meal. Normal buffets are nice – so, is the kebab shop I visited on the way to our hotel.

24 May 2012

ESG at ITEC 2012

ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH is presenting its comprehensive solutions for simulation and training for the aviation sector at ITEC.
The focus of ESG's presentation is on Helicopter Pilot Screening System (FPS-H), a notebook based cockpit simulation for the helicopter MK-88 A SEA LINX, an avionics simulation for Tablet PC for device-specific training and a simulation system for aircraft de-icers.

The FPS-H is a simulation system which is used by the German Air Force to evaluate the aptitude of candidates of all branches of German Armed Forces before they are accepted for cost and time intensive helicopter flight training. ESG has developed two helicopter cockpits with projection systems and instructor stations, a debriefing and assessment station, an observation system and an editing station for creating missions and installed them in a new simulator system.

The simulation system for aircraft de-icers is designated to facilitate instruction and training of handling of the vehicle basically and de-icing procedures specifically. The simulation system is independent of season, weather and time. It provides flexible conditions while requiring a minimum of space. Different scenarios with varying complexity can be practiced without any hazard to the de-icer, the airplane and the environment.

Visit ESG at stand F131.

BAE Systems Supplying Trainers to the Royal Saudi Air Force

BAE Systems has won a £1.6 billion contract to supply 55 Pilatus PC-21 aircraft and 22 HAWK advanced jet trainer aircraft, as well as spares and technical support, to the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).

Guy Griffiths, BAE's Group MD International, said: "We have a long history in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and, working with Pilatus, we will provide the RSAF with the best training platforms to meet their requirements. Through the HAWK advanced jet trainer, the trainee fast jet pilots will have access to the very latest in advanced simulation for radar, weapons and defensive aids training to enable a smooth transition to frontline aircraft, including TYPHOON."

Deliveries of the Pilatus PC-21, manufactured in Switzerland, will start in 2014. The UK-built HAWK aircraft will be delivered from 2016.

VSTEP Delivers NAUTIS Tug Trainer Simulator for T.O.S.

VSTEP has successfully delivered a NAUTIS Tug Trainer Simulator at T.O.S (Transport & Offshore Services) headquarters in Rotterdam. The NAUTIS Tug Trainer is a new generation of DNV certified Tug Handling Simulators. T.O.S. selected the NAUTIS Tug Trainer for its new ASD Training Programme service.

T.O.S. is an international maritime service provider with its head office in Rotterdam and a network of branch offices abroad. The NAUTIS Tug Trainer is a new line of DNV certified Tug Handling Simulators, catering to the full range of maritime training goals in compliance with the latest STCW & IMO requirements.

The NAUTIS Tug simulator range includes affordable, high quality simulators to fit any budget, from Desktop Trainers to 360° Tug Simulators according to your training and certification requirements. T.O.S. will use a portable version of the NAUTIS Tug Trainer Simulator for its mobile training purposes.

The NAUTIS Tug Simulators allow captains to experience and train the handling of tugs with different propulsion systems during tug operations. Various types of tugs are available with different kinds of propulsion systems, ranging from conventional shaft propellers to ASD and tractor tugs. The NAUTIS Tug Trainer includes an easy to use set of instructor tools to prepare and control manoeuvring exercises, multi-tug operations and fine-tune ship manoeuvring parameters.

Ronald van der Kolk, Manager Division Nautical & Technical at T.O.S.: “The NAUTIS Tug simulator provides us with a high fidelity simulator for our ASD Training Program. We have selected the portable version of the NAUTIS Tug simulator because the simulator will guarantee high quality, realistic tug handling training for our customers at any location worldwide.”

jDome Adding Capabilities at ITEC

Last year jDome went to ITEC, Europe's largest Defense Simulation Exhibition, virtually unknown to the defense industry and created quite the buzz. This year the company is at ITEC with their partner Bohemia Interactive Simulations, the main supplier of tactical training software in volume to NATO and other defence countries.

jDome has created a buzz in the industry as an easily deployable, pop-up immersive COTS-solution for in field training, which sets up in less than 15 minutes. With its small footprint one can have several jDome-systems for each individual soldier, which share the same virtual environment, thanks to Bohemia Interactive Simulations Server Solutions.

jDome is located in the center of Bohemia's booth no F110. The company hopes to be able to add further to the immersive experience of the jDome this year, with the EgoGun, a replica of the M41, with buttons and sensors to remove need for a keyboard and mouse.


ITEC Demonstrates that UK Government is Making Cyber a Priority

Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones, the UK Government’s Special Representative to Business for Cyber Security, has commended ITEC’s first Cyber Security Training and Education Workshop for the significant attention it has drawn to combating this evolving threat.

During her opening presentation, Baroness Neville-Jones provided an in-depth analysis of the progress being made in developing the nation’s resilience to malicious attack and the continued urgency with which the issue will be addressed.
Cyber is making it wonderfully clear that time is not on our side” she asserted and, reflected by the increase in deliberately directed acts, “events are pushing us [into action]”. Tackling the assumption of those who understand the threat to be little more than a nuisance, the Baroness was adamant that “our understanding of resilience has to change…at the moment the advantage lies with the attacker, we must up the defence.
The UK Government has allocated considerable funding to protecting the nation’s digital infrastructure which, while global defence budgets continue to be slashed, indicates the importance it is investing long-term. However, ITEC also provided a platform for the Baroness to emphasise the value of partnership between the parliamentary powers, the private and public sectors. To outwit the enemy requires initiative; the cyber battlefield must be approached from all angles. “It is really important that industry takes responsibility and works together [with the Government] in a collective sense” she stressed.
An emerging theme during the first day of ITEC’s Cyber Security Workshop exposed the central role that cyber skills will play in the coming years. Accordingly, if we are to safeguard nations’ digital infrastructure, awareness must be given to fostering these skills within the main educational framework.
ITEC’s debut into this critical arena confirmed that, once supported by a robust body of research, strong cross-sector partnerships and an attentive social audience, “we will have a much greater chance of success in the future.

23 May 2012

Photographic Recap of Soldier Technology Day 2

Soldier Technology 2012 - Selex Elsag Featuring Dismounted Situational Awareness and Battlefield Communications

Selex Elsag, a Finmeccanica company, features a range of its operationally proven Soldier Radios, Personal Audio Systems and Integrated Antenna Systems solutions at Soldier Technology 2012.

Selex Elsag Soldier Radios are key enablers in providing situational awareness to the dismounted close combat soldier. Reducing physical and mental load is a constant demand of the soldier, reflecting his operationally stressful role. The Selex Elsag family of Soldier Radios are simple to use, lightweight and reliable. Management overheads are kept to a minimum, whilst providing ever more capable radios.  Integration of a Situational Awareness or C4I system with the most appropriate radio delivers a significant operational enhancement to match all environments and likely roles.

(Photo: Selex Communications)

The FRONTLINE Soldier Radio (FSR) applies next-generation technologies to provide enhanced capability over current Solider Radios. Its modular architecture ensures an extended lifetime and the ability to adapt to changing operational requirements. With a fully integrated C2 module, it can host both Soldier System C2 and Situational Awareness applications.

The SSR Plus (Soldier System Radio Plus) addresses the need for communications over greater range than that offered by the PRR. The Dual net capability enables for example section commanders in exercising Command & Control at section level on one radio net, whilst maintaining communications with his platoon commander on the second net.

The Enhanced, Encrypted Personal Role Radio (EZPRR) has all the capabilities of the widely used PRR, with the added features of encrypted voice and data plus greater range. This results in increased battle tempo and better cross-battlefield working, enabling information to be passed quickly and securely. It operates seamlessly with the existing PRR.

Additional capability can be easily added to the Situational Awareness provided by Selex Elsag Soldier Radios. Land, maritime or air platforms can be incorporated in to the dismounted network by integrating one of the platform installations in to the harness of a platform (Platform PRR or Platform FSR or Vehicle Installed SSR Plus). Intimate monitoring or support by base operations cells of dismounted patrols can be enabled by deployment of the lightweight fixed base system. Range extension is enabled by deployment of mast mounted, UAV mounted and hand laid radio rebroadcast units.

CTX is an intelligent radio interface system, fitted with in the ear hearing protection, which provides all required communication interfaces. It intelligently detects the addition of new radios and intercoms via its automatic sensing software. The CTX is a three-input system, enabling up to two radios and an intercom system to be connected simultaneously.

Qioptiq Introduces SAKER Fused Weapon Sight at Soldier Technology 2012

SAKER is the new Fused Weapon Sight (FWS) product development from Qioptiq providing the Dismounted Close Combat User with an enhanced Detect, Recognise and Identify capability. SAKER combines image intensifier and uncooled thermal imaging sensors into a single sight unit. Designed with a low power architecture and featuring a removable battery pack, SAKER can be used as a stand-alone sight or as an in line / clip-on, providing flexibility and forward compatibility.

(Photo: Qioptiq)

SAKER - Technology Advances Deliver True Fused Capability
Through involvement in a number of programmes addressing the requirements and potential for FWS for the Dismounted Close Combat User Qioptiq have designed and developed a true fused weapon sight for the wider Soldier Modernisation community.

SAKER, the first of the Qioptiq FWS family, is launched concurrently at the Soldier Technology Show in London and the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa USA, both taking place 22 – 24 May. Following the initial launch, SAKER will be on display at Eurosatory as part of the Qioptiq product family.

SAKER is a Clip-On In-Line (COIL) fused weapon sight utilising and combining the latest Image Intensification and un-cooled thermal imaging capability in one compact, lightweight package and delivering a flexible architecture to allow the User to maximise the benefits of both technologies. This coupled with a number of other innovations taken from on-going technology development processes and the use of lightweight materials (exploited as alternatives to Aluminium, and plastics) assist with overall size and weight reduction. As with all of Qioptiq’s products, ITAR free solutions are available without compromising performance.
SAKER is built around a forward facing architecture resulting in a flexible system that can take power from a range of standard batteries including AA and CR123, along with having the ability to integrate with powered rails and other centralised power supply. The use of Man Machine Interface (MMI) developed on the DRAGON thermal weapon sight family coupled with simplistic controls for managing the fusion elements of the system significantly reduces the training burden in both time and cost terms.

SAKER, the first of the Qioptiq FWS Family, is targeted at Special Forces Users and Urban environments in particular providing a lightweight low light / zero light solution that will greatly assist in target detection and recognition at ranges well in excess of most modern assault rifles. SAKER is compatible with a range of optical sights and attaches via a quick release bracket, providing a true 24hr capability with the ability to continue operating even during the harshest visibility conditions.

(Photo: Qioptiq)

22 May 2012

ITEC Buzzing

Leading military representatives from the UK, Germany, Italy and the US have shed new light on their nations’ approach to training at the opening session of ITEC.
The distinguished panel of military experts comprised LtGen. Peter Schelzig, Commander German Air Force Command, Germany; Monica R Shephard, Vice Deputy Director Joint & Coalition Warfighting J7, Joint Staff and the senior civilian executive in the Joint & Coalition Warfighting Center (JCWC); Air Vice-Marshal Mike Lloyd RAF, Air Officer Commanding Number 22 (Training) Group, Air Command, UK; Brig.Gen Giovanni Fungo, Assistant Chief of Staff Capability Engineering at NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and Rob Crook, MD of Raytheon UK’s National Security & Training business group.

The keynote address was provided by Lt.Gen. Sir William Rollo, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Personnel & Training) at UK MOD. To a packed room of international delegates, Gen. Rollo offered an insight into the UK’s new Defence Training and Education Strategy, which he is delivering against a backdrop of unprecedented budgetary constraints and change across defence in the UK.

Focused on improving human capital, building defence capacity and, most importantly, reinforcing a culture of learning, General Rollo described the many benefits of producing increasingly skilled, capable and intellectually agile servicemen and women. The establishment of international training centres, for example, enhances interoperability, while the progress being made in DSTI is driving the coordinated development of technical standards.

The General went on to outline the UK MOD’s expectations from industry, emphasising the need for systems and solutions which can easily be transferred from civil to defence applications, while exploiting opportunities for interoperability with partners. Industry was also encouraged to become more involved with future research and development programmes. Under today’s severe economic reductions “we need to find cost-effective ways of making the most of what we’ve got” General Rollo concluded, “hard times provide hard choices and hard choices are good ones.

A buzzing ITEC 2012 welcomed over 1500 visitors by the afternoon of its opening day, a significant increase on the previous year.

Photographic Recap of ITEC Day One

Presagis at ITEC 2012

Presagis demonstrates its cutting-edge software products for modeling & simulation, and embedded display graphics at stand K110.
Visitors to the booth can see the latest features and functionality of Presagis' portfolio of off-the-shelf modeling and simulation software tools, as well as get a sneak peek of some of the exciting things to come in Presagis' upcoming product releases.

David Nadeau, Director Product Development Presagis, gave a presentation with the title "From Source to Simulation: Presenting Efficient Processes and Procedures for Reducing the Time, Effort, and Complexity of Translating GIS Data into Simulation Ready Formats."
One of the main challenges facing the Modeling and Simulation industry today is the generation and management of GIS source data for the rapid generation of correlated simulation output formats. GIS personnel and database developers spend a large amount of time collecting adequate source data, correcting the data, and properly attributing the data for the generation of the necessary output formats.
The goal of this demo was to demonstrate effective processes and procedures to greatly improve these steps while enabling users to continue the use of their existing workflows and projects. This process also takes into account the impact and benefits of exploiting the existing and future capabilities that will be available through faster computer processing power.
Specifically, this demo focused on how time and cost can be saved in the following workflow steps:

  • Data storage
  • Data management & visualization
  • Data computing

Presagis partner Makemedia is demonstrating their 3D content capabilities on the Presagis stand. Makemedia provides high quality, large-scale 3D simulation projects and content and have won the Presagis Award for Best Visualization Application for the ACT-UK industrial training simulation system. As well as providing military simulation demos to Presagis, Makemedia also specialises in creating 3D projects for commercial sectors including industrial training, education, sport stadiums and venues.
At ITEC 2012 Makemedia is showing demos including:

  • ACT-UK Industrial Training Simulation
  • Presagis Afghan Town Simulation
  • Presagis  Air Force Base Simulation

The Conference at ITEC

Meeting Current and Future Operational Needs sees international military and industry leaders join forces discussing how their nations plan to implement Joint Operational Needs through training. Highlights within this stream included an examination of Joint Strategic Vision moderated by Dr. Jim Blake PEO STRI with Frank DiGiovanni, Director, Training Readiness and Strategy, OSD USA; Mike Brennan, Director General Simulation, DOD, AUS and Lt.Gen. Karlheinz Viereck (German Air Force), Deputy Chief of Staff, Joint Force Trainer, Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation (ACT), NATO. Following on from this and led by Lt.Gen. Thomas L. Baptiste, USAF (Ret), President/Executive Director, National Center for Simulation; Cpt. Kevin Oakes, US Navy, Director, Learning and Development, Naval Education Training Command and Col. Dennis Thompson, USMC (Ret) Director, MAGTF Training Simulations Division/TECOM, discussion of Implementing Strategic Vision focused on the application of training strategies to enhance cooperation during joint operations.

Also within the Futures stream, Wayne Buck, Training and Simulation analyst, NATO Allied Command Transformation chaired a revealing session on Simulation as a NATO Capability Development Enabler. This in-depth discussion featured high level contribution from Lt. Gen. Karlheinz Viereck; Major General J Berger, Commander, Joint Warfare Centre; Maj.Gen. P Macko, Commander, Joint Force Training Centre; Brig.Gen. G Fungo, Assistant Chief of Staff Capability Engineering, HQ SACT; E Gough, Chief Scientist, NATO Undersea Research Centre and Col. F Mastrorosa, Director, M&S Centre of Excellence.

This stream offered delegates influential discussions on topics highly relevant in today’s mission environment, such as Human Behaviour Modelling and the applicability of Modelling and Simulation Beyond Training.
Additionally, the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organisation’s ‘SISO-Day’ featured a host of prominent speakers from across the SISO community, including an update on the Organisation’s contribution to the US DoD’s Live, Virtual, Constructive Architecture Roadmap (LVCAR) programme.

A broad spectrum of cost-effective training initiatives was analysed by speakers addressing Designing and Acquiring the Best Training Solutions. Focal points within this stream included Prof. John Huddlestone, Cranfield University, who tackled Solving Complex Training Problems in five steps and Dr. Lewis Johnson from Alelo with The Effectiveness of Mobile Learning in Culture and Language Training. Providing the military perspective, Maj. Rebecca Harrison, British Army, revealed the results from a recent pilot project evaluating Mobile Learning in a Military Setting.

German Presence at ITEC

The German Presence at ITEC includes, with Lt.Gen. Schelzig and LtGen. Viereck being the highest ranking German Officers at the show, CAE, Cassidian, domeprojection, ESG, eurosimtec, eSimGames, EST, eyevis, Hoernecke Defence Technology, Panolife, Reiser Systemtechnik, Rheinmetall, Rocketbox Sudios, Thales, szenaris, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), Triangraphics, and VEGA Space, displaying their solutions and products.

Projection Systems at ITEC 2012

Norway’s projectiondesign (stand H110) a long established ITEC exhibitor, launched its newest Light Emitting Diode (LED) illuminated projector, the FS33 IR, which stimulates night vision goggles to provide superior simulated night-time vision, at the show (see other post).

JVC Professional’s showcase includes the 10-megapixel DLA-SH7NLG projector (stand J110). Incorporating three 1.27-inch 4K D-ILA display devices for high-quality imaging, with a low latency mode for simulation environments, the model’s ultra-high resolution is five times that offered by full HD.

Video Display Corporation, (stand F110) which designs and develops unique displays for military, medical and industrial use, uses its first appearance at ITEC to present its equipment for high end training and simulation applications. The company’s simulation division, VDC Display Systems, intends to launch the Workstation 72, an integrated LED product providing an immersive environment for multiple military and commercial uses.

A hotbed of originality, ITEC attendees are also able to observe jDome (stand F110), a half-spherical, portable projection screen, which is suitable for use with any projector and offers an instant and cost-effective training station for group training. Currently used in several military training programmes such as driving, handling vehicles and heavy equipment, systems training and large scale tactical training of soldiers, jDome increases the realism and spatial awareness, providing trainees with a heightened game-training experience.

(Photo: jDome)

Making its global debut at ITEC, UK company Igloo Vision (stand J150) uses the show to introduce its 360° immersive training environment to the global simulation and training community. Using expertise gained from its recent collaboration with the Royal School of Artillery, the Igloo team will demonstrate - for the first time outside of a military environment - how its technology can be applied to train Fire Support Teams and Forward Air Controllers. Running a packed daily programme, the company will showcase the utility of immersive game based technology across the range of government agencies, from the home office to education.
Igloo Vision is a key signatory of Bohemia Interactive Simulations’ ‘Developer Network’ and is announcing their collaborative partnership at ITEC 2012.

Further projection and display training and simulation solutions include companies such as Dome Projection (stand G132), Barco (stand B101) and 3D Perception (stand D140).

The Barco SEER mini-dome is a complete visualization system developed for a wide
variety of immersive training applications. It is a compact and flexible solution designed 
to maximize training space. The SEER mini-dome system provides constant eye relief over the
entire 240°/270° spherical surface and optimizes out-of-window scenes, enabling users to
experience full-immersive training at a level not previously possible. Barco engineered this
system to accommodate 4 or 5 or 8 visual channels, depending on the
application, budget, and visual requirements. (Photo: Barco)

Virtalis’ New Helicopter Crew Reality (HCR) Gunnery Module at ITEC 2012

Virtalis showcases its new Helicopter Crew Reality (HCR) Gunnery module - an integrated, virtual, part-task gunnery trainer. This module gives helicopter aircrew students the opportunity to practice virtual firing on a fixed machine gun and also experience how helicopter firing performance is affected by gravity drop and the effect of the rotors from different helicopter types.

Virtalis’ latest system incorporates advances in computer graphics cards, tracking technologies and Head Mounted Displays (HMDs). Conceived as a VR training environment for helicopter rear crew, HCR now provides a realistic, virtual environment which encourages and instils the techniques of Crew Resource Management (CRM), allowing the whole crew to develop and practice their inter-communication skills during complex training missions.

The Virtalis HCR also incorporates the only virtual winching application in the world. The highly realistic, computer-generated, 3D model detail is important when students learn to winch, as the shadows from the helicopter and its underslung load provide vital visual cues for the management of the load.

SAGITTARIUS –The Thales Product Line of Small Arms and Tactical Scenario Trainer

Thales' product line includes the high fidelity training system SAGITTARIUS. The full range of capabilities and upgradeability offered by SAGITTARIUS assures that the user is able to meet todays and tomorrows challenging training requirements for law enforcement and military personnel all over the world.

The modular SAGITTARIUS product design enables a mission-tailored use ranging from highly effective basic training, up to a combination of advanced and specified training contents, which may lead into a multi-level training environment with other networked simulation modules and systems.

The SAGITTARIUS Training Module Vehicle covers the spectrum of crew and mounted position training at vehicles, which operate at Land, Air and Sea. The vehicle module functionality provides a variable projection layout, starting with a single screen up to a 360° surrounding visual system arranged in an octagonal shape. Once integrated into the simulation environment, the vehicle can be steered in relation to it throughout the virtual world.

The land module is available for original land vehicles, as well as for mock up`s in static, vibrating or motion platform configuration. It provides training topics for driving, mounted /dismounted scenarios (incl. wireless weapons), weapon mount firing (incl. usage of vehicle-mounted grenade launcher or heavy machine gun).
The sea vehicle module can be used in the same way as the land vehicle, here dedicated to maritime vehicles, such as speedboats and offshore raiding crafts. Driving (in selectable sea states), as well as usage of vehicle-mounted weapons is possible. To train realistic pirate scenarios and execute ship close range weapon training, the spectrum can be extended with further simulation such as bridge, operation centre and medium calibre guns.
The air vehicle module is mainly designed to train shooting and mounted/unmounted weapon handling inside helicopter cabins - either fixed on the ground or in motion. The cabin moves can be predefined, controlled instructor or by a pilot station. The module trains effective teamwork (incl. communication) between doorgunner/swooper and pilot. In addition it can be used for further air training topics such as winch operations.

(Photo: Thales)

Systematic and MASA Group to Demonstrate the C2 Classroom at ITEC

Systematic is joining with MASA Group at ITEC 2012 on MASA’s booth F120 and both companies’ software products are integrated to demonstrate how situational awareness and C2 tasks can complement MASA SWORD constructive simulation and provide a C2 Classroom.

The C2 Classroom is a combination of two COTS products: Systematic’s SitaWare Headquarters software is configured alongside MASA SWORD constructive simulation software to provide a stand-alone simulation system that offers officers a proven C2 system overlaid with automated, aggregated simulation environment. The solution can be further enhanced based on customer requests.

Any plan can be exchanged and processed with SWORD into a scenario that can be automatically executed. The result gives an idea of the outcome using different combinations of actions between the two sides.

This type of simulated support gives senior officers the opportunity to make informed and optimal decisions. The final plan can then be executed in a more complex scenario than the original. Officers will then need to act and adjust their plans in SitaWare Headquarters according to the development of the scenario played by SWORD.

The C2 Classroom is an easy-to-use and versatile solution that can be run on a laptop for analysis and self-training purposes as well as driving crisis management exercises. It can be deployed in a full-scale server-based training centre or be connected to existing C2 systems.

VirTra Systems Announces New Domestic & International Sales

VirTra Systems announced sales to new agencies within the US, as well as international markets.

In the US, Henry County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office and an unnamed California law enforcement agency have recently purchased or installed a simulator from VirTra’s multi-screen simulation product line.

Internationally, the following international customers that have purchased VirTra’s simulation products through a licensed/registered distributor: Nepal and Indonesia.

These new customers also acquired various simulator accessories, such as the patented THREAT-FIRE hostile return fire devices, tetherless recoil kits, and other simulator enhancements.

Aaron DeCorte, Vice-President of Sales of VirTra, expressed, “We are continuing to see growth of our sales to both domestic and international customers. Our revolutionary simulator training products continue to gain notoriety with consumers throughout the world.”

VirTra 300 MIL (Photo: Virtra Systems)

NGRAIN's Virtual Task Trainer at ITEC

Visitors to stand H140 experience how NGRAIN – provider of interactive 3D simulation technology, software, and solutions – and its partner, PulseLearning, are transforming the development of virtual maintenance simulations.

ITEC 2012 attendees have the opportunity to preview the latest version of the NGRAIN Virtual Task Trainer, which features new capabilities for solving training and operational support challenges.

NGRAIN is also be showcasing the newly-released NGRAIN Producer 5.0, which has more than 40 new features, and a new addition to the company’s COTS software family, the NGRAIN Production Suite, a platform that enables organisations to rapidly build 3D simulation applications.

NGRAIN features a mobile collaboration demonstration, showing how multiple users can access NGRAIN interactive 3D simulations on a range of mobile devices, including iPads and Android tablets. PulseLearning joins NGRAIN at the show to demonstrate how they are working together to solve training and operational support challenges for the UK MoD and NATO forces worldwide.

Highly Collaborative Matrox MURA-Powered Video Wall to Display Military Simulation Prowess at ITEC 2012

Matrox Graphics announced today that three of its high-performance graphics solutions – a MURA MPX Series video wall controller board, an AVIO F120 KVM extender, and a TripleHead2Go Digital Edition external multi-display adapter – will drive a highly collaborative four-monitor, 2x2 setup for military training and simulation environments at ITEC 2012 in London. AVIO will deliver uncompressed flight simulation content on a remote TripleHead2Go Digital Edition-powered triple-display setup using fiber-optic cable. MURA will then capture the AVIO signals as inputs to display the remote desktop’s on-screen content across four Sharp 60”, professional ultra-slim-bezel LCD panels.

AVIO F120 KVM extenders enable the remote operation of a graphics-intensive, dual-display desktop without any dropped frames or latency up to 2 km away from a host system. Using multiple Avio transmitter/receiver pairs, a whole fleet of host systems can be centrally localised within a secure location, making it a viable solution within the military and other sectors requiring strict security standards. TripleHead2Go Digital Edition adapters meanwhile leverage a given system’s existing GPU, letting users add up to three external displays for a solid platform suitable for a variety of applications including combat simulators.

MURA input/output controller boards are compatible with MURA MPX-V8 and MPX-V16 analog capture cards, the MURA MPX-SDI video output board, and Matrox Streaming Media Decoder (SMD) Series 2 cards, providing system integrators with maximum I/O flexibility. Superior scalability enables anything from small-scale, single-board configurations for presentation and simulation systems for educational purposes to medium and large-scale multi-board systems for military command and control centers.

For more information about these and other breakthrough graphics solutions from Matrox, visit stand #L120 at ITEC 2012.

Combine multiple Mura MPX Series video wall controller boards in a
single chassis for high-density, scalable video wall solutions. (Graphic: Matrox)

MetaVR Visuals Delivered to Three ANG Aerial Refueling Simulation Training Programmes

MetaVR recently delivered multiple Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) licenses and visual systems to three US Air National Guard (ANG) aerial refuelling training programmes: QuantaDyn’s MicroBOSS, Randolph AFB’s KC-135R, and C-130 Multi-Mission Crew Trainer, and QuantaDyn and AVT’s BOSS.

MicroBOSS Desktop Refuelling Simulator
QuantaDyn received 25 MetaVR visual systems (game-level ruggedized rackmount PCs loaded with VRSG licenses) to be used in its production Micro Boom Operator Simulation System (MicroBOSS) for training KC-135R boom operators at 17 Air National Guard (ANG) sites.
The MicroBOSS is a desktop training system, which uses a computer-generated receiver aircraft to train boom operators.

Real-time VRSG screen capture of the simulated boom operator view of a simulated KC-135R aircraft refueling an
A-10C during night operations on the 400 NS aerial refueling track area of MetaVR's
virtual North America terrain. The scene features the shadows cast by the KC-135R's tail-mounted flood light
illuminating the A-10C, and the cultural lights of Amarillio, TX. (Graphic: MetaVR)

The MicroBOSS incorporates software features and capabilities of the ANG Boom Operator Simulation System (BOSS), as well as the Air Education Training Command (AETC) Boom Operator Weapon System Trainer (BOWST). This desktop system uses selective-fidelity concepts in the hardware design to provide a realistic and cost-effective training environment. Through the use of photo-realistic graphical displays, touch screens, an aural cueing system, a high-definition out-the-window display, and representative joystick controls, the MicroBOSS provides the functional equivalent of a complete KC-135R boom pod station.

Using highly detailed visual models, the MicroBOSS can provide training on Air Force, Navy, and NATO receiver aircraft. Training personnel can adapt MicroBOSS scenarios to support each unit's unique mission profiles, or concentrate on high-interest training times from operational lessons learned. Mission preparation for air refueling profiles, including the Boom Drogue Adapter (BDA), enables the aircrew to be mission ready.

MetaVR creates 3D real-time PC-based visual systems that provide the fidelity of geospecific simulation with game quality graphics. MetaVR's software products enable users to build high-fidelity virtual worlds with the company’s terrain generation tools and render the resulting virtual world with the company’s real-time 3D visualisation application, Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG).

On the Microsoft Windows platform, MetaVR delivers high performance, networked, real-time, single- and multi-channel visual systems with 3D content by fielding the company’s software technology on the latest commercial PC-based 3D graphics accelerators.
MetaVR's technology uses advanced terrain and texture paging algorithms to render geographically specific imagery over expansive terrain databases, while providing such advanced visual features as full-scene anti-aliasing and continuous level-of-detail morphing.

ITEC 2012 - VSTEP Delivers Crane Simulator for EMO

For EMO, the largest trans shipment terminal for coal and iron ore in Western Europe, VSTEP created a crane simulator for preparation and training of their future and current EMO dry bulk crane operators, increasing their effectiveness and precision.

(Graphic: VSTEP)

The VSTEP crane simulator incorporates high quality sound effects and visuals with true-to-life dynamics for crane swinging and gravity pull. The advanced collision and cargo spilling model immediately shows the consequences of improper crane operation. The crane simulator includes full crane functionality and control console for realistic loading and offloading simulation and training as well as post training review and scorekeeping.

(Photo: VSTEP)

EMO will use the crane simulator starting April 2012.

Kongsberg Ensuring Maximum Focus on Achieving Training Resuls

Training is the key element in any skill-based job. Educational research concludes that people learn better by experience than through reading or lectures. It is impossible to replace real experience from combat operations with simulated training, but simulators can in a cost effective way increase solider-skills to be mission ready faster.

Training also has an important role in maintaining skills on the achieved level. Another important factor of training is that it allows the soldiers to prepare for scenarios where the automatic reaction is crucial. With the possibility to customise scenarios for specific missions, soldiers can practise on similar situations like the once faced in combat operations.

Kongsberg has been a supplier of simulators and trainers in the international market for the last three decades. The company has accumulated experience across the complete spectrum of training systems, ranging from small simulators to complex military team trainers.

The Kongsberg trainers are based on an in-depth understanding of the learning process. Sophisticated pedagogic methods are used to support the instructors, thus ensuring maximum focus on achieving the training objects.

Kongsberg has a wide range of world class products within naval and land systems: Basic Skills Trainer, Crew Trainer, Tactical Trainer, eLearning/CBT, Scalable classrooms, Stimulated solutions, and Embedded training.
The PROTECTOR Training System, for example, covers every aspect of training for the PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Station (RWS). That includes the Gunner Skill Trainer, Computer Based Training for Operators and Interactive Maintenance Library, and the Combat Vehicle Training System.
As of August 2009, the PROTECTOR Training System is chosen by 10 of the 16 PROTECTOR RWS customers.

The PROTECTOR Embedded Trainer allows training to take place in the actual vehicle
and with the actual equipment that will be used during combat operations.
Training can be conducted during vehicle down time, allowing soldiers to improve their skills
on the specific equipment they will use in combat. (Photo: Kongsberg)

Saab Contract for a Training System for Bulgarian Army

In February 2012, Saab was awarded a contract for the Deployable Instrumented Training System (DITS) for the Bulgarian Army under a Foreign Military Fund (FMF) contract by the FMS programme of the US Army PEO STRI.

The $2.4 million contract award is for a mechanised company sized system with 95 infantry sets and 10 BMP vehicles kits to be fielded in 2012. The DITS system interfaces to the US developed Joint Conflict/ Combat And Tactical Simulation (JCATS) system already fielded at the Bulgarian National Center for Modeling and Simulation.

The Bulgarian instrumentation system is the same as the systems fielded by the US Army and USMC. The DITS system, which has been in continuous use with the US Army in Europe since 2001, was deployed to Bulgaria for joint exercises in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Saab Training USA is able to support our allies with the same Saab developed training systems used by the US forces around the world. We have been fielding training systems for the FMS program for more than a decade,” says Lars Borgwing, President of Saab Training USA.

DITS is a modular and mobile instrumented system with modern laser simulators that provide greatly improved training capabilities over currently fielded devices used in training exercises. DITS provides exercise control, battle tracking, data collection and rapid After-Action Reviews (AARs) for live training events.

Amputees in Action at ITEC 2012

Amputees in Action provides experienced amputee extras for amputee casualty simulation, adding authenticity to medical training scenarios.

Actors from Amputees in Action are used in military training exercises to simulate the horrific injuries that are caused by the detonation of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), a very real and prevalent threat in Afghanistan. With the aid of prosthetics and false blood, Amputees in Action’s expert make-up artists create shockingly real looking wounds to make actors appear to have severed limbs.

The battlefield scenarios created offer a realistic and challenging environment in which personnel can practice responding to casualties under pressure.

By using the acting skills and visual impact of specialeffects, a Trauma Casualty Amputee can depict traumatically injured personnel with superficial and secondary injuries. This spectacular sight adds a newdimension to old and practiced methods and enablesparticipants to automatically follow the basic or complex medical drills which they have been trained for,” says John Pickup, Amputees in Action MD

projectiondesign: LED Solutions Take Centre-Stage at ITEC 2012

Norway’s projectiondesign returns to ITEC this year on Stand H110.

FS33 IR Makes its Debut
Making its worldwide debut at the show, the FS33 IR is the company’s latest LED-illuminated projector to stimulate Night Vision Goggles (NVG) for simulated night-time vision. Built around the manufacturer’s ReaLED solid-state illumination platform, the FS33 IR adds a fourth LED to the conventional red, green and blue light sources, emitting IR light beyond the range visible to the human eye. This produces brighter NV imagery when stimulated by NVGs and provides a completely constant light output over time, eliminating the need for recalibration, reducing the maintenance and total cost of ownership to an absolute minimum.

The FS33 IR offers a brightness of unprecedented 1200 ANSI lumens, being by far the brightest projector available that’s capable of realistically visualising night-time and limited visibility scenario, visible day-time or pitch black scenarios from one single channel input. The FS33 IR is optimised for NVGs of all generations, including Gen 3 and Gen 4, as well as custom versions using specific IR stimuli.

FS33 IR NVG projector for night vision simulation (Photo: projectiondesign)

FL35 ReaLED Line-Up of LED Projectors
projectiondesign now offer the FL35 ReaLED illumination projectors in three resolution variants (WQXGA, WUXGA and 1080p). The FL35 WQXGA is one of the world’s highest-resolution LED projector and on the projectiondesign stand at ITEC 2012, demonstrated in a breathtaking immersive dome display. Offering 100,000 hours of typical service life and double the brightness of projectiondesign’s previous LED models, the FL35 enables the deployment of higher acuity systems and reduced channel counts, making it an ideal visual platform for multi-channel simulation environments.

FL35 wqxga ReaLED projector (Photo: projectiondesign)

Immersive Displays and Breathtaking Images
projectiondesign is showing their F35 AS3D high-resolution active stereoscopic 3D projector in a maritime S&T scenario. The F35 AS3D projector is integrated with 3D submarine content provided by TechViz and motion capture and systems from Vicon.
Additionally, projectiondesign’s F82 sx+ projectors is integrated to showcase C2 monitoring. SXGA+ resolution users of systems that require 4:3 or closer to 1:1 aspect ratios optimise the usage of pixels. SXGA+ resolution has traditionally been hard to find in three-chip projection. It is particularly useful in S&T to address the burgeoning update market where many manufacturers' legacy projectors require replacement due to age.

ITEC Show Wide Support
As well as taking its own stand, projectiondesign is supporting a number of partners at ITEC, among them Simulation Displays, a division of Paradigm AV Ltd (Stand L100) – all of whom are using the manufacturer’s projectors as part of real-world S&T solutions. projectiondesign also supported the ITEC event with the provision of F12 projectors for the ITEC Keynote Welcome Speech held in the Platinum Suite, and breakout conference tracks in the North Gallery Rooms. All projectors on the projectiondesign booth are displayed using the finest screens from Projecta.

Maria Dahl Aagaard, Product Marketing Manager, projectiondesign, enthuses: “ITEC has always been a great platform from which to launch new initiatives in the military training and simulation space, and we are confident that our solutions will again be well-received by this demanding but receptive audience.
We are looking forward to three days of exacting product demonstrations, productive partner initiatives, and informed conversations with attendees keen to learn more about how projectiondesign’s visual technology know-how can offer them new simulation solutions while simultaneously reducing their operating costs.

(Graphic: projectiondesign)

projectiondesign is a Norwegian company that designs, manufactures and markets a range of high performance projectors for professional, business and consumer applications. Amongst its core markets are high resolution scientific visualisation, visual S&T, medical imaging, broadcast and post production, public media and entertainment. projectiondesign is located in Fredrikstad, Norway, with representatives in more than 20 offices throughout the world, and regional headquarters New York and Beijing.

Explosive Learning Solutions at ITEC 2012

IEDs are by far the most significant cause of casualties in Afghanistan – claiming the lives of over 1,000 troops since international operations began. As statistics show that insurgents are planting more of these lethal devices every year, increasing the capability, efficiency and effectiveness of training for bomb disposal experts will prove essential to beating this brutal threat.

Beyond casualties, the IED campaign also has a major psychological bearing on its victims and has provided the motive behind Rapid Decision Making - a tactical new approach devised and developed by Counter-IED experts Explosive Learning Solutions. This innovative technique trains those that regularly are faced with making critical ‘life or death’ decisions to mentally simulate the scenario they’re in and instantly assess the viability of various actions, selecting the first suitable option that arises. Providing the perfect platform for exploring how this life-saving methodology can be applied across command training, Gary Craggs of Explosive Learning Solutions maintains that “ITEC is the most important military training event in Europe – the main showcase of all the major players, both from military and industry.”

Elbit Systems at ITEC 2012

Elbit Systems is showcasing the S&T industry’s latest solutions to the serious security threat posed by cyber attacks. To meet this need, Elbit Systems has introduced its CYBERSHIELD NCDS Training System, a cyber defence virtual environment designed to train cyber-security professionals in securing national military and civilian networks against all forms of cyber attacks. To help develop countermeasures, improve protocols and hands-on skills, Elbit’s technology exposes trainees to various security breach scenarios, simulating large scale virtual networks and attacks based on previous ‘real-world’ incidents.

ITEC 2012 - Armoured Fighting Vehicles Simulation

AFV Sim is demonstrating its high-fidelity simulated controls that assist individual and crew training for AFVs and remote weapon stations.

The company already has simulated control handles for the following armoured fighting vehicles: LEOPARD 2; M1A1 ABRAMS; M2A2 ODS BRADLEY; CV9040; CV9035DK/NL; CV9030FIN/ULAN/PIZARRO; CVR(T) SCIMITAR; and CHALLENGER 2.

Options are available for desktop or turret versions, with a USB interface or mil-spec multi-pin connectors and various levels of fidelity. The controls are used with computers and simulation software as part- task desktop trainers or integrated into high fidelity simulator systems. Users can develop basic and advanced levels of competence in areas that include target detection, acquisition, identification and engagement.

AFV Sim currently provides this type of AFV simulation training internationally to military and other defence users in the USA, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, Norway, Germany, UK, Singapore, Portugal, and the Netherlands.


PDM Training and Consultancy looks into the future of AFV training. A number of recent studies include consideration of future training options for the British Army's WARRIOR Capability Sustainment Programme for example.

The objective of the PDM study was to obtain the best value for money whilst harnessing the latest in training technologies. The company also provided the Project Leader for the recently completed UK MOD project to develop a future Ground Based Tactical Trainer for armoured vehicles. With recent experience in test pilot training, PDM can now develop training solutions for air as well as land and maritime.

CAE at ITEC 2012 - From Manned to Unmanned Training

The huge escalation in the use of UAS across a variety and complexity of missions has created a demand for well trained, highly capably UAS pilots and sensor package operators. Training those who will command and conduct these UAS missions is also covered at ITEC 2012.

CAE’s UAS mission training solutions offer commanders, trainers and maintainers the facility to prepare and train for any mission that may be required of them. CAE’s demonstrations at ITEC 2012 include a MALE UAS performing C4ISTAR through a common database (CDB). The scenario includes maritime, ground, and air vehicles, as well as life forms generated with CAE’s high-fidelity simulation software. The company’s advanced instructor operator station (IOS) manages the mission training scenario and serves as the mission brief/debrief station.