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12 December 2013

MT EXCLUSIVE: Saab Unveils New CARL-GUSTAF Ammunition For Use In Confined Spaces


Saab has made the first delivery of its new HEAT 655 CS 84mm ammunition giving, for the first time, CARL-GUSTAF system users the ability to fire from inside confined spaces. Saab is a pioneer in the development and production of confined-space weapons, including the AT4 CS AST (click here for the AT4 CS link) and NLAW systems. The latest CARL-GUSTAF ammunition option further expands Saab’s position as a supplier of modern ground combat weapon systems.

Saab has made the first delivery of its new HEAT 655 CS 84mm ammunition giving, for the first time, CARL-GUSTAF system users the ability to fire from inside confined spaces. (Photo: Saab)

The HEAT 655 CS (Confined Space) is the first CARL-GUSTAF ammunition that is fully optimised for launch from confined spaces, i.e. from inside a building. This is an important requirement in modern, urban conflicts and Saab’s business area Dynamics has conducted detailed research and development (R&D) to provide such a solution for the multi-purpose CARL-GUSTAF weapon system. Last week, Saab delivered the HEAT 655 CS to its first customer.

This delivery marks a breakthrough for the CARL-GUSTAF system and is a testimony to our world-leading position as a supplier of ground combat weapon systems. The 84mm HEAT 655 CS further builds on the success of the CARL-GUSTAF system and provides new and existing users with important additional capabilities,” said Ulf Eriksson, Director, Product Management, Ground Combat within Saab’s business area Dynamics.

The CARL-GUSTAF system is a light and ruggedised portable infantry weapon, used by over 40 customer countries around the world. Its multi-purpose capability provides freedom of action for the soldier in all conflict scenarios. The HEAT 655 CS adds to the large existing inventory of ammunition that is already available for every kind of operation, making the CARL-GUSTAF the true multi-mission land combat system.

A major challenge with the new round was to develop a round that was fully backwards compatible, i.e. could be fired from all existing CG weapons from M1 to M3. The challenge was to develop a counter-mass with high density that allowed for full confined space capability, at the same time as fulfilling all system requirements. Saabs solid experience from more than six decades of development combined with new ways of thinking have been the key to success when identifying and implementing the technical solution for the confined space capability.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

The CARL-GUSTAF is a versatile and recoilless man-portable weapon system which provides direct fire support for troops in almost any combat situation. The key to the versatility of this classic 84mm multi-role weapon is a new generation of ammunition, developed specifically to give soldiers the ability to defeat all types of target. For these reasons, the latest multi-purpose CARL-GUSTAF M3 launcher has reaffirmed the weapon’s market position. The system is a key component in Defence Forces around the globe and has been sold to over 40 countries on all continents.

A true multi-role weapon system, the CARL-GUSTAF (qualified from +60°C to -40°C) enables the user to defeat a wide range of armoured fighting vehicles (AFV), even those equipped with the latest advances in armour protection. The complete weapon system is also able to destroy bunkers, blast holes through brick and concrete walls, knock out concealed troops, create smoke screens and provide battlefield illumination. Today’s CARL-GUSTAF M3 launcher has an updated design with reduced weight (4.5kg) and other improvements that include a thinner steel liner, the length has been reduced, and a handle to carry the weapon.

The HEAT 655 CS (Confined Space) is the first CARL-GUSTAF ammunition that is fully optimised for launch from confined spaces, i.e. from inside a building. (Photo: Saab)

Complete compatibility between older versions of the launcher and the latest types of ammunition (and vice versa) delivers great flexibility, modularity, scalability and cost-effectiveness.

A CARL-GUSTAF M3 is operated by a two-man crew; one fires the recoilless weapon while the other carries ammunition and loads the weapon. The versatile 84mm ammunition can be divided into the following four types: anti-armour, anti-structure, soft target and support.

The CARL-GUSTAF family of ammunition gives the soldier the ability to respond quickly and effectively to any threat.
HEAT 751 – for armour (incl. ERA-protected) destruction
HEAT 551 – for armour destruction
HEDP 502 – for armour destruction and effect behind walls
HE 441 – for soft targets
SMOKE 469 – for battlefield smoke
ILLUM 545 – for battlefield illumination
ASM 509 – for structural demolition
MT 756 – for effect behind walls
ADM 401 – for short-range protection
HEAT 655 CS – for armour destruction firing from confined spaces

To keep its position as the state-of-the art infantry system the CARL-GUSTAF M3 is the subject of continuous development. Further weight reduction and even more advanced functionality (reducing the length and giving it future sight equipment, amongst others) are key improvements to changing demands in order to take the system to its next level.

04 December 2013

I/ITSEC 2013: Seen and Heard on Day Three

Sundog Software‘s technology for real-time sky rendering, 3D cloud, and real-time water rendering is found all around the world in training and simulation applications, games, serious games, architectural visualisation, and broadcast video. Government agencies and companies large and small are among the company’s hundreds of customers, using SILVERLINING and TRITON from custom OpenGL and DirectX engines, as well as with OpenSceneGraph, Ogre, SceniX, Havok Vision, Gamebryo, Unity, Carmenta, Torque 3D, and more. Our SDK’s are used in Java, C++, C#, Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS, and Linux environments.

The SILVERLINING sky, cloud, and weather SDK renders real-time skies for any time at any location. It provides 3D volumetric clouds, precipitation, stars, and realistic outdoor scene lighting. SilverLining is widely used by games, training, simulation, and broadcast applications around the world. For C++ and C# developers on Windows, Linux, MacOS, Unity iOS, or Android.

The TRITON OCEAN SDK renders fast, infinite 3D oceans and ship wakes for any given wind or wave conditions. Using GPGPU technologies that adapt to the system it’s on, TRITON delivers high framerates for serious water visual simulation on any modern system. For C++ and C# OpenGL, DirectX developers on Windows, MacOS, Linux, and Unity Pro.

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Envitia has announced the launch of Envitia DISCOVERY 2.7 for Modelling and Simulation.

Envitia DISCOVERY allows organisations to seamlessly share and reuse geospatial and modelling data. Users are able to rapidly discover, transform, and stream geospatial data into Modelling and Simulation applications using open standards. Powerful production workflows coupled with an initiative web portal ensure that end users are never more than a few clicks from finding their required datasets. Envitia DISCOVERY reduces the time spent hunting for data and instead allows more time for data visualization and exploitation in systems.

Envitia DISCOVERY 2.7 bridges the gap between live and synthetic environments for the first time, providing an end-to-end workflow management for over 100 data types. It is built on open standards which ensures interoperability with legacy and future systems. The solution is rapidly implemented to fit alongside an organisations existing data infrastructure and can immediately lead to help reduce the timeline for integrating operational GEOINF into synthetic environments.

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Barco will update the TIGER helicopter simulator display in the Oakey Army Air Base in Queensland, Australia.

By order of the main prime contractor, Thales Australia, Barco is teaming up with simulation display system integrator Real Time Integrators (RTI). The project includes the installation of 20 of projectiondesign's high-end F35 WQXGA projectors and WB2560 image processing systems and is scheduled for completion in early Q2 2014.

In addition to the projectors and image processing systems, Barco and RTI will install new projector mounting systems, updated digital video cabling, networking infrastructure, and RTI's CHRONOS Optical Edge Blending System and Tempo Multi-Channel Time of Day Luminance Matching System.

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SA Photonics, a developer of next generation head-mounted displays (HMDs) for military and commercial customers, unveiled its latest HMD, the SA-30 in booth 512.

The company says the SA-30 has the highest resolution of any commercial HMD, with a 20/19 SNELLEN resolution (0.94 arc-minutes per pixel). It has a horizontal field of view of 30° and was designed to minimise peripheral obscuration. Users can view their surrounding environment – which could include a personal computer, desktop, joysticks/controls or another user – without it being obscured by the HMD.

The SA-30 can benefit a range of applications, from architectural modelling to virtual prototyping and performing remote medical procedures. It can be easily used for simulation and training exercises for a multitude of military and commercial tasks and its high-resolution, stereoscopic imagery and potential for head tracking makes maximizes telepresence when guiding unmanned vehicles.

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Leveraging in-house sensor capabilities, as well as full integration with C2 and communications systems, the multi-sensor training system simulates realistic operational border security and manoeuvring scenarios

Elbit Systems’ new ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) simulator is showcased at I/ITSEC 2013.

The simulator enables field intelligence and reconnaissance personnel to benefit from advanced training in surveillance and observation activities using multi-sensor systems for range of border protection and manoeuvring scenarios.

Already deployed and fully operational, The ISTAR simulator focuses specifically on border protection training by presenting complicated security scenarios, sensor-to-shooter drills, and common situational awareness exercises between observers and manoeuvring forces. Utilising Elbit Systems’ in-house sensor communications and C4I  know-how, the sophisticated trainer combines multi-sensor simulation (optic, electro-optic, thermal and radar) with data correlation capabilities and C4I. Real-life battlefield scenarios include fire planning, ranging and field operations, as well as target detection, recognition, identification, acquisition and engagement in diverse environmental conditions and terrains.

Part of Elbit Systems’ range of training solutions for combat support personnel and joint sensor operators, the new ISTAR simulator is installed in a large scale training facility and is also available as a mobile system for onsite training.


Elbit Systems furthermore announced that the Mission Training Center (MTC) for the Israeli Air Force's (IAF) pilots of F-16C/D and F-16I fighter aircraft is now operational and currently being used by the IAF.

The MTC, operating through a PFI (Private Financing Initiative) concept, successfully completed the development phase and is now operational, with Elbit Systems performing the instruction, operation and maintenance services.

The new operational MTC marks a significant breakthrough in the operational training sector. The system enables training in various mission scenarios in different theaters with the relevant threat environment for each theater. The MTC brings an advanced training capability that was not available to the IAF in the past.


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Tactical Communications Group (TCG), a supplier of tactical data link (TDL) software solutions for military test, training, simulation and operational users worldwide, won a contract for service and maintenance of TCG's Multi-TDL Ground Support System (GSS) throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the end of 2017.

TCG will provide technical support and training to Royal Saudi Arabian Air Force (RSAF) personnel and its contractors and deliver hardware, software, and documentation supplements, spare parts, and warranty for the Multi-TDL GSSs in the Kingdom.

The award is through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) office of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Hanscom Air Force Base and allows TCG to improve its support of the RSAF, while providing it with the next step in quality of service and performance for the GSSs that are a critical element of the Kingdom's TDL infrastructure. The support and spares will allow the GSS equipment to remain in operation in support of the development of tactics and training for LINK 16 and other TDLs as well as to provide a TDL training and simulation environment for Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) training of the RSAF's aircraft fleet. The GSSs in the Kingdom provide support for LINK 16 and LINK 11, as well as Joint Range Extension Application Protocol (JREAP) for distributed Situational Awareness and reach-back/forward capability.

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Argon Electronics demonstrates its range of CBRN/HazMat training simulators at I/ITSEC, showing how they enhance the quality and safety of CBRN training.

Argon has on display PlumeSIM, the company’s wide area CBRN/HazMat field exercise and table training software. PlumeSIM lets instructors configure simulated chemical and radiological releases, producing virtual dispersal plumes and hot spots that can be set up quickly and safely for trainees to detect.

Argon is also showcasing a range of detector simulators, including the EPD-MK2-SIM, a training simulator for the Thermo Scientific EPD-Mk2 dosimeter that replicates the user interface of the real Thermo EPD-Mk2. The M4 JCAD-SIM, M4A1 JCAD-SIM, EPD, AP4C, AN-VDR-2-SIM and other simulators are also on display.

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Matrox Graphics and 3M Touch Systems (subsidiary of the 3M Electronic Solutions Division) have validated a new 3M touch driver that will support multi-touch functionality across two, three or more 3M Multi-touch Displays powered by a variety of Matrox multi-monitor products. Integrators can now pair Matrox products with 3M Multi-touch Displays to create attention-grabbing, interactive digital signage and collaborative video walls that span multiple displays, without the need for touch overlays or licensing fees. Applications include interactive kiosks, way finding, retail and exhibit display walls, as well as collaborative multi-panel classroom, boardroom, and command & control installations.

With our MURA MPX, DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go products, multiple displays are seen as one large stretched desktop, and standard off-the-shelf touch displays typically have had difficulty supporting this stretched-desktop mode,” said Caroline Injoyan, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics. “3M’s new driver overcomes this limitation and provides a simple way for integrators to add engaging interactivity to their multi-screen digital signage setups.”

Many of our customers in retail, exhibit, and digital signage markets are seeking to create high-impact and memorable interactive user experiences for their customers by expanding the touch interface beyond a single display,” said Ian Kimball, Americas Marketing Manager, Touch Systems, 3M Electronic Solutions Division. “This newly-enabled functionality lets customers easily optimize multi-touch performance across multiple screens, which is ideal for multi-user collaborative applications.”

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International technology group RUAG has invested in its French partner company GAVAP, a specialist in simulation and training systems. On 30 October 2013, GAVAP was incorporated into RUAG Holding France. The acquisition is part of a regulated succession plan and will secure the continued existence of the French company with 70 employees.

Technology group RUAG and GAVAP have maintained a strategic partnership in the area of virtual and live simulation since 2003. Together the two companies have already implemented a number of successful projects in France. GAVAP carries out skilled maintenance work and has proven to be a reliable partner.

Simulation facilities for live or virtual training with high capacity utilisation enable Armed Forces to make substantial savings. GAVAP's core competencies in the areas of virtual and live simulation perfectly complement the services of RUAG's Simulation & Training business unit and are part of the technology group's strategic focus on growth.

Urs Breitmeier, CEO of RUAG explained, "The acquisition of GAVAP means that our customers can obtain the full range of services from a single source in the future. It also gives us the potential for growth in the medium and long term."

Together, RUAG and GAVAP provide simulation facilities for live or virtual training which meet the needs of armed forces. Flexible functions and a wide range of additional equipment enable realistic training in all missions – from individual training programmes to training for teams or entire units.

The acquisition was possible under the terms of a regulated succession plan for the family-owned company, which was founded in 1983. Thepurchase price is subject to a secrecy agreement. The 70 employees are to be taken over and will continue to work at the site.

RUAG is an international technology group operating in the fields of aerospace and defence. Its holding company is located in Berne, Switzerland. RUAG maintains production sites in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Sweden, Malaysia, Australia and the USA. The company employs some 7,800 people worldwide, including 5,000 in Switzerland.

I/ITSEC 2013: TerraSim Innovations


TerraSim demonstrates its most recent innovations in terrain generation and source data preparation for modeling, simulation and training at booth 2439. TerraSim, a Bohemia Interactive Simulations company, is co-located in BISim's booth.

TerraSim is particularly excited to show off the latest additions to its upcoming release of TerraTools 5. TerraTools 5 offers revolutionary updates to generating large area environments in addition to the multitudes of other new functionality and upgrades.

Parametrically generated complex, multi-story building with enterable interiors in VBS3. (All screenshots: TerraSim)

Simplified and Enhanced Large Area Environment Generation

The TerraTools Batch Mode Manager is a new plug-in for TerraTools Core that significantly simplifies and enhances the workflow for creating large area environments. Not only does it provide a visual interface to the TerraTools batch mode scripting language, Batch Mode Manager also allows TerraTools users to set-up a series of processing tasks, view project progress, monitor resources, and troubleshoot source data or processing errors as they occur. TerraSim demonstrate the large area generation of VBS3, OneSAF and OpenSceneGraph runtime environments.

New Functionality and Upgrades for TerraTools Core

Automatically generate complex, multi-story buildings with interiors and correlated exports to UHRB, MES, P3D, OpenSceneGraph, OpenFlight and other visual and constructive runtime formats.

Expanded 3D Model and Texture Libraries for Basic Visual Database Generation.

Over 100 processing node updates for improved geospatial source data processing, terrain quality assessment and customer support rollups.

New features and newest release support for all visual, constructive, and serious game runtimes. Highlights include:

  • Database organisation improvements to support rendering speed-ups for OpenSceneGraph and OpenFlight.
  • Full support for OneSAF OTF, including tunnels and an updated WARSIM EDM.
  • Updated support for MASA SWORD data generation for exercise correlation.
  • Parametrically generate multi-story destructible buildings for VBS2/VBS3 with multiple destruct states and maintained AI mobility layers.
  • Enriched support for large area, multi-map environments for VBS3 with new support for complex surface masks and vegetative biotopes in VBS3.
  • New support for the Unity game engine with large area paging, accurate geo-positioning, and multi-platform support, including Android mobile devices.
  • Improved Havok Vision export for large area environments in UTM and Geocentric coordinate systems. Enhanced preview in TerraSim's Vision Engine Viewer.

Source Data Preparation Products Create Missing Geospatial Data

TerraSim is showing off all the newest updates to MaterialMAP, including guided project development with the MaterialMAP Advisor, enhanced handling of aerial and satellite imagery, and tight integration with VBS3 to support enhanced surface materials.

VBS3-IG database built in Batch Mode Manager, correlated with OneSAF for CCTT.

I/ITSEC 2013: Christie Showcases First True 120Hz Projector at 4K Resolution


Christie, at booth 1281, is bringing powerful visual display solutions to I/ITSEC 2013 and demonstrating a diverse range of solid-state and lamp-based DLP technologies in 2D and 3D. These include the Christie MATRIX StIM WQ – one of the brightest, LED-based WQXGA-resolution simulation projectors; a deployable immersive training simulator; the Christie MIRAGE WQ-L stereoscopic projector; and a demonstration of Christie 4K 3-chip DLP projection technology at true 120Hz operation.

Flying High With Matrix StIM WQ at 120Hz

Displaying simulation content at 120Hz from FlightSafety International is the Christie MATRIX StIM WQ, an integrated, scalable-environment projection system outputting 800 ANSI lumens for some of the clearest images with no motion artifacts. The Christie MATRIX StIM WQ is one of the brightest LED-based WQXGA simulation projection systems in the industry to display separate RGB and Infrared (IR) channels using Christie InfraScene technology, producing independent, stimulated Night Vision Goggle (NVG) images for a more realistic NVG training experience.

The Christie MATRIX StIM WQ is one of the brightest LED-based WQXGA simulation projection systems in the industry to display separate RGB and Infrared (IR) channels using Christie InfraScene technology, producing independent, stimulated Night Vision Goggle (NVG) images for a more realistic NVG training experience. (All Photos: Christie)

Christie demonstrates a three-channel, front-projected display consisting of Christie MATRIX StIM WQ projection systems and a VITAL X Image Generator from FlightSafety International. Using unique dual input architecture, each projector will composite two 60Hz inputs to achieve true RGB 120Hz output, dramatically improving image quality. The complete multi-channel system is automatically aligned using Christie AutoCal.

60Hz and 120Hz – A Clear Demonstration of the 120Hz Update Rate Capability

Using a Christie MATRIX StIM projector and two Christie MATRIX StIM WQ projectors, Christie demonstrates the visual impact between multiple combinations of WUXGA/WQXGA resolution and 60Hz/120Hz update rates. The Christie MATRIX StIM and Christie MATRIX StIM-WQ projectors are driven by multiple channels of the Flight Safety Vital-X IG.

Deployable Immersive Training Simulator, Featuring New Christie TWIST LT 

Christie TWIST LT is a purpose built, software-based solution that enables full image warping and advanced edge-blending functions to reside within a customer’s Image Generator (IG). Using the same user Interface as Christie TWIST, Christie TWIST LT provides fingertip control to seamlessly edge-blend multiple non-linear images. Christie TWIST LT fully integrates with Christie AutoCal for automatic adjustment of virtually any projected display and optimal viewing configuration.

Concept rendering of a UAV operator training scenario demonstrated at I/ITSEC 2013.

Also at I/ITSEC, Christie TWIST LT provides the low-cost, high-quality warping and blending solution to a single-operator, entry-level immersive training simulator concept, demonstrating a UAV operator training scenario. The simulator features a wide field of view, high resolution image, curved screen, tactile feedback system and binaural sound for an optimal immersive training experience. Using Christie AutoCal to provide fast and easy setup, the lightweight training simulator offers a compact footprint for easy shipping and deployment. It is ideal for use as a UAV operator trainer, part-task trainer, helicopter trainer, and for vehicle training.

Christie Twist LT enables the expansion of our simulation ecosystem with an entry-level solution featuring low acquisition and sustainment costs for more cost-sensitive simulation applications,” said Zoran Veselic, Vice President of Visual Environments at Christie.

Visual Powerhouse: Christie 4K DLP at 120Hz Demonstration

At I/ITSEC, Christie showcases the pristine dynamic image quality produced by 120Hz update rates at 4K resolution, demonstrating its value for simulation and training applications. Christie 4K 3-chip DLP technology features the Christie TruLife electronics platform, a quantum leap in video processing enabling 4K DLP® projection at 120Hz. Christie TruLife also alleviates blurring and motion artifacts associated with high-speed simulation content and supports video-processing pipeline of up to 1.2 Gigapixels per second. Christie is the first and only provider in the world to deliver 4K 3-chip DLP projection solutions at 120Hz, launching its Christie Mirage 4K projector in June 2013.

Christie MIRAGE WQ-L Makes its North American Debut

At FlightSafety booth 1401, four Christie MIRAGE WQ-L projectors in portrait mode offer a wide-field of view stereo collimated display content with stunning depth and immersive experiences for flight simulation training. The MIRAGE series of high-performing 2D/3D projectors welcomed the WQ-L projection system with its sharp images, exceptionally accurate and lifelike colors and reliable LED light engine rated at 60,000-hours (approximately 6.5 years) life cycle. The Christie MIRAGE WQ-L also includes Christie ArrayLOC for synchronised color and brightness management, which reduces system calibration requirements.

Flat-Out Impressive: Christie QuadHD84 Flat Panel

The Christie QuadHD84 is an 84-inch LCD flat panel display offering quad high definition, 3840 by 2160 resolution, and 1.07 billion colors for rich, pristine and lifelike images, even up close. The quad interface and true 60Hz refresh rate provides flexible connectivity and smooth, real-time motion display of 2D content with 50,000 hours LED illumination life.

Christie MIRAGE WU7K-M – High Performance Projection at Lower Cost

The Christie M Series and MIRAGE M Series are lower cost projection solutions that perform well in immersive environments. With 3-chip DLP reliability, a dual P-VIP Osram lamp design and up to 10,000:1 contrast full on/off, the series offers high efficiency and low cost of ownership with crisp, detailed images and color. The MIRAGE M Series includes 2D/3D flexibility and 120Hz update rate capability for fast moving images. Both series’ projectors feature embedded Christie TWIST for image warping and edge-blending and a built-in portrait display capability, from WUXGA resolution, HD to SX+ model options. On display is the Christie Mirage WU7K-M, a 6,300 ANSI lumen, WUXGA-resolution projector.

Christie BRIO - Multisite Meeting Solution

Customers will also have the opportunity to see the latest in meeting collaboration solutions and one of Christie’s newest products. Christie BRIO is straight forward and easy to use, no more passing cables and adapters across meeting room tables, installing additional software, rebooting laptops, and apologising for delayed or bungled presentations during critical debriefs. Christie BRIO is a new meeting presentation and collaboration tool enabling meeting participants to share up to five audio and video presentations from their own devices. BRIO uses wired or wireless connections to automatically share multiple presentations simultaneously on either one or two meeting room screens. Whether participants use Macs or PCs, iPads or Android tablets, or a Smartphone, presentations can be added to a meeting as needed, with their information showing on that meeting room display in seconds. BRIO nodes can be network connected to multiple worksites across the country. BRIO also takes full advantage of interactive whiteboard technology by turning it into a bi-directional collaboration tool. Any participant in a BRIO meeting can use touch-enabled displays to add to or edit whiteboard content, regardless of geographic location.

Christie is at the forefront of innovation, extending the boundaries of technology by enabling higher update rates with true 120Hz operation at WUXGA, WQXGA and 4K,” added Veselic. “As our diverse display solutions demonstrate at I/ITSEC, Christie is continuously incorporating new technology to provide our customers with the solutions to meet their unique and demanding simulation and training requirements.”

Around the Trade Room Floor

DiSTI, at booth 1281, show a 3-channel Personal Immersive Environment using portrait-mounted Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panels to demonstrate their virtual maintenance training solutions. Da-Lite booth 520 have two blended and warped Christie HD10K-Ms and a Christie SPYDER X20. Electrosonic, at booth 532, feature the Christie QUAD HD84 LCD flat panel and Christie PHOENIX in a command and control/situational awareness display; and NDIA SIM TV displays, located in the conference lobby, use two Christie HD14K-M 3-chip 1080 HD digital projectors.


I/ITSEC 2013: Exxact Features Matrox Mura-powered Video Wall

Exxact is featuring a Matrox Graphics MURA-powered video wall at booth 2106. Combining Matrox MURA MPX Series video wall controller boards with a high-performance Exxact GPU workstation is ideal for collaborative visualisation and training installations in military and security environment, according to the companies.

Matrox MURA MPX Series video wall controller boards combined with a high-performance Exxact GPU workstation. (All Graphics: Matrox)
Matrox MURA MPX Series output/input video wall controller boards feature highly flexible, universal input channel support for both digital and analog (DVI, RGB/VGA, Component, S-Video & Composite) video signals. Compatible MURA MPX analog video capture cards provide additional NTSC/PAL/SECAM input channel support and the MURA MPX-SDI board features two 3G SDI video inputs and two DVI outputs.

Exxact video wall controller systems are built on MURA MPX board technology and are designed for video wall projects where data security, heat generation, noise levels and space constraints are critical issues.

Matrox MURA MPX Series output/input video wall controller boards feature highly flexible, universal input channel support for both digital and analog (DVI, RGB/VGA, Component, S-Video & Composite) video signals.

At I/ITSEC 2013, Exxact also showcases the Matrox AVIO F125 KVM extender. AVIO is designed to extend a workstation’s displays and peripheral devices while maintaining system performance with zero compression and zero latency at the remote user station. With its feature-rich connectivity options, it enables the extension of two HD videos or one 2K/4K video, plus keyboard, mouse, stereo analog audio and USB 2.0 devices over a single duplex LC-LC fiber-optic cable up to 400 meters in multimode and 4 km in single mode.



I/ITSEC 2013: Practice Makes Perfect for RUAG Defence

RUAG Defence awarded “Best Training Programme” in The New Economy Defence Awards, 2013. The award recognises RUAG’s vast expertise in simulation & training solutions, especially the GLADIATOR Man Worn Unit for live-action training.

GLADIATOR Man Worn Unit for live-action training, (Photo: RUAG)

The New Economy Defence Awards 2013 deliver an impartial appraisal of leading global defence companies. Members of the industry make nominations for companies that are not only driving the industry through innovation, but who also promote the highest standards in ethics and corporate citizenship. As the winner of “Best Training Programme”, RUAG is recognised as a leading partner for forces who want to maintain and improve their readiness in realistic and cost effective ways.

The GLADIATOR Man Worn Unit is RUAG’s modular live-action training system. It comprises of a helmet unit, an integrated harness unit and a laser unit. Together they enable fire and movement training for individual soldiers through to a whole brigade. Participants learn using GLADIATOR personal weapon handling, individual and group ground tactics and operational techniques. Deployable in both open and urban environments the system caters for a wide range of weapons and operates in conjunction with vehicles, all serving to expand and improve effective training. Participant’s situational awareness and responsiveness is increased with audio and visual effects that correspond to the weapons and scenario deployed.

Designed using high quality Swiss technology, GLADIATOR incorporates both one-way and two-way laser technology. The two-way technology is able to transmit the ballistic data of the weapon to improve realism, and is used depending on the specific needs of customers. This flexible approach to requirements continues throughout the additional features of the system, allowing users to choose from a variety of options including; positioning information, medical support, wound models and graphical hit representation.

The real-time flow of information through cameras and positioning systems to the training headquarters heightens the training's effectiveness. This is analysed by the trainers who can intervene if necessary to keep the scenario as effective as possible. Thanks to data capture everything is available for participants after the training in the after action review, improving their perspective on how performances can be improved.

In addition to its live-action trainings capabilities, RUAG is also an accomplished providers of virtual training solutions. These systems incorporate real interfaces into virtual environments and can be used to train drivers, turret teams and whole crews on a number of vehicles.

As the official supplier of simulation and training solutions to the Swiss Army, RUAG have a long history of developing innovative ways to train soldiers in a safe, cost effective but above all realistic way.

Oliver Meyer VP Simulation & Training, RUAG Defence explained, “being recognised for our solutions is always a great honour. The Gladiator is an excellent example of our training products. We aim to provide powerful and scalable solutions for effective mission preparation, and for the sustained training of troops in peace time. We will continue to invest in and develop GLADIATOR to meet the evolving needs of tomorrow’s forces.”


I/ITSEC 2013: Barco and projectiondesign Showing Portfolio of Projectors and Visual Display Systems


At I/ITSEC 2013, Barco and projectiondesign are exhibiting one of the world's most comprehensive portfolios of projectors and visual display systems for training and simulation at booth 2535.

Together, they are one of the leaders in industry in the design, development, manufacture and deployment of turnkey, low-risk display systems comprising LCoS and DLP simulation projectors, front- and rear-projected domes, collimated display systems, precise auto alignment tools, and a variety of custom screens for any simulation application.

Barco at I/ITSEC is introducing the Barco F50, Barco's latest training and simulation projector. Furthermore, the FS35 IR and SIM 7Q HC projectors delliver some of the highest realism for night vision googles applications in flight, maritime and ground warfare simulation.

The projectiondesign FS35 IR series features some the world’s highest resolution and is one of the world's brightest LED projectors for unprecedented day, night and IR stimulated simulation. (Photo: Barco)

Barco's new FL33 and FL35 LED projectors produce the brightest, flawless images for the lowest total cost of ownership thanks to energy-efficient operation, elimination of lamps and long life.

Barco's new projectiondesign FL33 (Photo: Barco)

I/ITSEC 2013: Meggitt Commissions $4.5 Million of Live Fire Ranges in Kuwait


Meggitt Training Systems has installed and commissioned a new live fire law enforcement range at Mubarrak Al Kabeer in Kuwait, the first new Police Governorates headquarters.  The Governorate plans ten identical installations across the country, including the Al Jahra tactical range, for which Meggitt has already won the contract. Concurrently, Meggitt is completing the installation of the largest multiple range complex in Kuwait at the new Police Training College, bringing new levels of tactical realism into an urban area training setting.

Under these orders, Meggitt is delivering more than 100 stationary and mobile targetry mechanisms and multiple sophisticated control units valued in excess of $4.5 million. Equipment will be installed by the end of 2013.

The new Police Governorate Headquarters range features multiple lanes for greater training capacity and overall range efficiency. Moving targets are controlled wirelessly through a range operator, enabling training scenarios to be focused on an individual lane or set for a comprehensive group.

With systems already installed with the Kuwait Army, the National Guard and at Kuwait’s only commercial live firing complex, Meggitt Training Systems is the largest supplier of live fire ranges and small arms trainer simulators to Kuwait.

Ronald Vadas, President of Meggitt Training Systems, commented: “It is a privilege to be the supplier of choice in Kuwait.  This award increases Meggitt’s regional presence, furthers efficient operation and maintenance to the area, and underscores our commitment to support the professionalism of Kuwait’s Armed Forces and Security Services.”

Meggitt Training Systems supports installations across the Middle East region from Abu Dhabi. Meggitt’s world-class design of ranges and simulator systems aids training skill development for militaries and security organizations worldwide. By immersing users in realistic engagement scenarios, skills are improved in marksmanship, judgment and accuracy for greater real-world response.  Similar systems are in service with Armed Forces and security services in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt.

I/ITSEC 2013: Simlat Training and Simulation News


Simlat was selected to provide an advanced Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Training and Simulation Classroom to support the Northland Community and Technical College Imagery Analysis (IA) programme in Thief River Falls, MN/USA.

The Imagery Analysis programme was developed through a Department of Labor grant and will be offered tuition free for the life of the grant. The programmes will prepare students to manage the tasking, processing, exploitation, and dissemination (TPED) process, and conduct end-to-end Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) operations. Students will acquire a variety of skills ranging from UAS general knowledge to a precise depiction of the imagery objective and they will receive hands-on training varying from still satellite imagery to Full Motion Video UAS derived imagery.

Simlat is providing 26 Trainee Stations to the Training & Simulation Center that are based on a variant of Simlat’s IMPACT (ISR Multi-Purpose Advanced Classroom Trainer) product. IMPACT is focused on various GEOINT applications and supports frontal instruction, courses and training activities as well as curriculum planning and development and performance analysis of training sessions.

IMPACT runs a wide range of mission scenarios that familiarizes students with civil and commercial applications of UAS and Imagery Analysis, such as emergencies, weather, infrastructure monitoring, fire-fighting, HLS and agriculture. The Training Center will be delivered fully to Northland by the beginning of 2014.

Simlat UAS was selected by ING Robotic Aviation to provide its UAS training systems, including the C-STAR and SPOT systems, to support Canadore College’s new UAV operator’s course in North Bay, ON/Canada.

ISR Training & Simulation systems will also be part of the first UAV operator’s training programme in Ontario, Canada. ING Robotic Aviation provided curriculum design and training system recommendations and will also provide instructors for the course.

Simlat was furthermore selected to provide UAS Training & Simulation systems – including the ASTRUM Aerostat and additional ISR Operations solutions – to Summit Systems, a Czech Republic provider of solutions in the Homeland Security (HLS) and unmanned fields. Simlat’s training systems will provide a high fidelity training solution for Aerostat pilots and payload operators, including simulation of platform, payload, weather and environment.

I/ITSEC 2013: L-3 Link Opens C-17 Training System


L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) opened and is supporting a new C-17 Training System (TS) site at Stewart Air National Guard Base (Stewart ANGB) in Newburgh, NY/USA. L-3 Link will support the training of 105th Airlift Wing C-17 pilots, loadmasters and maintenance engine run technicians. Annually, L-3 Link – prime contractor for the USAF’s C-17 TS programme – will deliver more than 360 courses and support 550 simulator training missions at Stewart ANGB.

L-3 Link's C-17 Loadmaster Trainer (Photo: L-3 Link)

L-3 Link instructors will give Stewart ANGB’s 105th Airlift Wing pilots, loadmasters and maintenance engine-run technicians refresher, upgrade and currency training using classroom and hands-on operations training in a realistic C-17 Weapon Systems Trainer and a C-17 Loadmaster Station Trainer. L-3 Link and C-17 TS team member AAI will provide contractor logistics support and maintenance of the site’s training devices.

The C-17 TS is one of the largest aircrew training systems within the USAF’s Air Mobility Command, with aircrew and maintenance training conducted at 12 installations in the US and one at the Royal Australian Air Force Base in Amberley, Australia. Annually, the C-17 TS trains more than 1,500 pilots and loadmasters using 23 variants of aircrew and maintenance training devices.

Air Force plans currently call for L-3 Link to open additional C-17 TS sites during 2014 at Memphis Air National Guard Base in Memphis, TN/USA and Martinsburg Air National Guard Base in Martinsburg, WV/USA.




I/ITSEC 2013: Elbit Systems Presents a Wide Array of Next Generation Solutions

Elbit Systems demonstrates advanced Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) products and scenarios spanning air, naval and land applications alongside a full spectrum of simulation capabilities emphasising tactical and headquarters training solutions at I/ITSEC 2013. Elbit Systems features a wide array of its cutting-edge training and simulation solutions alongside unique next-generation training solutions and concepts at booth 158.

At the show, the company presents a full spectrum of simulation capabilities, emphasizing joint live training, Tactical and Headquarters training solutions, HLS training solutions as well as the Elbit fighter aircraft Mission Training Center currently in operational use by the Israeli Air Force.

Based on decades of accumulated, across-the-board experience in C4I, sensors, ISR and other key technologies, Elbit Systems, reinforced with the legacy assets of BVR Systems, answers the need for training transformation that meets customers' growing demand for full spectrum, joint-operation training missions.  Elbit Systems' simulation solutions currently support several leading defense forces around the world.

Air and Naval 

Elbit Systems is demonstrating live and virtual training systems training in a joint simulated constructive arena. The system highlights the capabilities of actual and simulated sensors, on-board operational platforms to train with constructive entities that are shared with advanced ground-based training systems. The Air-Sea battle LVC solution demonstrated by Elbit provides an affordable platform for complex joint forces training.

Elbit Systems EVA & Targo HMA (Photo: Elbit Systems)

Land 

Elbit Systems is demonstrating the complete operational cycle from target acquisition through C4I target management to target engagement, the demonstrated Elbit land LVC solutions connect operational UAS and C4I systems with Elbit live training solutions and tactical training solutions, all sharing an advanced constructive arena.

Tactical and HQ Training

For maintaining and enhancing tactical skills, Elbit Systems' tactical and collective team trainers are ideal. Combining cutting edge tactical battlefield simulation with actual C4I systems, our advanced concepts adapt to training for high intensity conflicts (HIC) and low intensity conflicts (LIC) scenarios including urban warfare and counter-terror operations as well as any OOTW (Operations Other Then War) and HLS scenarios.

Elbit Systems Tactical Battle Group Trainer (TBT) (Photo: Elbit Systems)


Homeland Security  Simulation System (HLS2)

The HLS2 provides a complete, virtual and constructive training tool for HLS organizations focused on command and control of security events and crisis management. It enables multidisciplinary training for emergency medical support (EMS), search and rescue, firefighters, rescue and NBCR teams, sensitive infrastructure management and other HLS scenarios.

Based on highly advanced simulation technology, the system features decision making simulators, control room training, and debrief capabilities. With its robust simulation infrastructure, the HLS2 presents comprehensive large scale urban arenas with a full range of factors affecting how the applicable situation evolves. Featuring high fidelity representation, the system generates realistic experiences with detailed accuracy in all aspects. This capability is displayed by Multimedia.

Elbit Systems is an international defence electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world. The company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and military communications systems and radios. The company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms, developing new technologies for defence, homeland security and commercial aviation applications and providing a range of support services.

03 December 2013

I/ITSEC 2013: Seen and Heard on Day Two

The German Army has supported the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the pre-deployment training of OPCW inspectors who were sent to Syria to verify and destroy the country's chemical weapons arsenal.

To that end, the Bundeswehr UN Training Centre in Hammelburg carried out training in October 2013 for a total of 24 inspectors from all over the world. The course was designed to prepare specialists for activities in crisis and conflict regions.

During the course at the Army training centre Wildflecken, the inspectors were confronted with realistic, near operational scenarios and have learned to deal with critical situations and to react appropriately.
The first OPCW team was also prepared by the Bundeswehr. The training support is a particularly visible and substantial contribution of the German Armed Forces to support international efforts to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria.

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Thales has acquired XPI Simulation, one of the UK's most innovative developers of driving simulation technology. XPI is a pioneer in using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions to build and deliver high-fidelity simulated environments. The company specialises in innovative techniques for processing LIDAR data, a technology which maps physical environments in ultra-fine detail using a range of light frequencies, and ray tracing, which generates highly-realistic images by tracing the path of light and simulating its interaction with virtual objects.

XPI designs and manufactures a range of simulator-based driver training systems for customers that include the UK's MoD, British Police Forces, and advanced driver training providers.

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Rockwell Collins has unveiled its ProSim ultra contrast projector, providing the visual refinement and reliability to take simulation and training to the next level of realism.

The new projector enhances simulation through an industry-leading native contrast ratio, using patented technology to simultaneously display darker blacks and lighter whites than any other projector on the market, according to the company.

ProSim's new Intensity Management System maintains constant brightness over the lifetime of the projector by adjusting the lamp's power supply to the lamp to compensate for bulb degradation, and keeping maintenance requirements to a minimum.

ProSim's black levels provide improved realism to night vision goggle training and other night scenes without the need for iris or aperture changes. Its sequential contrast of greater than 500,000:1 is achieved along with a night vision contrast greater than 50,000:1.

Demand for the ProSim projector has been driven by needs in the fast jet and helicopter simulation and training markets.

At I/ITSEC 2013 visitors to the Rockwell Collins booth have opportunities to experience ProSim on a large single-screen image driven by six ProSim projectors and dark room night vision goggle simulations using two ProSim projectors.

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Rolls-Royce was awarded a $50.7 million MissionCare contract extension by the US DoD to provide continued support for the F405 (ADOUR) engines that power the US Navy's T-45 training aircraft.

The contract extension will continue the MissionCare support the Rolls-Royce has provided the US Navy's training fleet for the past ten years. MissionCare applies commercial POWER BY THE HOUR principles to the unique requirements of the defence industry, to give customers affordable, predictable service costs.

In addition to powering the T-45 GOSHAWK and other military aircraft, the ADOUR engine will also power the HAWK AJTS aircraft, a contender for the USAF T-X trainer programme.

Under the terms of the agreement administered by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Rolls-Royce will provide total inventory control, integrated logistics support and required engineering elements for both the F405 engine and the aircraft gas turbine starting system. The support ranges from on-wing through intermediate and depot level maintenance.

The contract will run through March 2014, providing comprehensive propulsion services to more than 200 aircraft.

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Visualisation expert Barco will update the TIGER helicopter simulator display in the Oakey Army Air Base in Queensland, Australia.

By order of the main prime contractor, Thales Australia, Barco is teaming up with simulation display system integrator Real Time Integrators (RTI). The project includes the installation of 20 of projectiondesign's high-end F35 WQXGA projectors and WB2560 image processing systems and is scheduled for completion in early Q2 2014.

In addition to the projectors and image processing systems, Barco and RTI will install new projector mounting systems, updated digital video cabling, networking infrastructure, and RTI's Chronos Optical Edge Blending System and Tempo Multi-Channel Time of Day Luminance Matching System.

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Rockwell Collins has unveiled RealFires, a new targeting training solution that uses both real and virtual environments to train users of Rockwell Collins' leading-edge targeting technologies.

RealFires provides realistic day and night targeting simulation, with the flexibility to include a mix of live, artificial intelligence-based and programmed role players. The system is also capable of including remote role players in flying aircraft.

The realism of RealFires is powered by Rockwell Collins' FireStorm Integrated Targeting System, CORE simulation architecture, Rosetta Joint Fires software suite data management solution, StrikeHawk video downlink receiver, and DAGR (Defense Advanced GPS Receiver), along with other Rockwell Collins and sourced content. RealFires can be delivered in solutions ranging from a transportable desktop system to a 360° Rockwell Collins GRIFFIN rear-projected dome display system.

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DiSTI, a provider of 3D interactive user interface software and customised training solutions, was awarded a contract by an international customer to build a virtual maintenance trainer for the F-16C Block 52 aircraft. The virtual maintenance trainer will enhance training initiatives of the aircraft while reducing training costs.

The F-16 aircraft first entered service in 1978 for the USAF and quickly evolved into a world-wide multi-role fighter aircraft. Today more than 4,500 are in service in 26 countries, and as a backbone to several defence organisations, the fast and efficient handling of the F-16 to minimise downtime is crucial for mission success. Using the latest technologies to create a virtual maintenance trainer will augment traditional training for aircraft crewmembers and helps ensure the F-16 is always mission ready.

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Elbit Systems commissioned its newest full flight simulator (FFS) for an undisclosed Navy's SEA KING naval helicopter aircrews. Elbit will also provide maintenance and support for the FFS for seven years.

The SEA KING Helicopter FFS is a flight and tactical full flight mission simulator for naval commando airlift and anti-submarine warfare operations squadrons. It is designed for SEA KING pilots and observers including initial and periodic training as well as evaluation of new procedures and doctrines. 

The simulator is a PC-based system with glass cockpit, collimated visuals and an electro-pneumatic system with six degrees of freedom for the full range of flight operations experience. It incorporates a roll-on-roll-off system, so any relevant platform can be plugged in, such as the cockpit of an Advanced Special Operations Helicopter.

The FFS can simulate various naval warship deck landings, emergencies and night flying with night vision goggles.  It is equipped with a rear cabin crew simulator to enable joint training of pilots, system operators and crews under varying flight and operational conditions.

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Cubic Defense Systems won a contract in excess of $10 million from the USMC to supply weapon instrumentation that will integrate into the Instrumented-Tactical Engagement Simulation System (I-TESS II).

Cubic will support the design, development, integration, ruggedised prototype, testing and effectiveness evaluation of enhancements to the squad immersive training environment (SITE) and the integration with I-TESS II.

I-TESS II is a fully integrated ground combat training system based on the company’s latest laser-based wireless instrumentation products. The system is used in military operations in urban terrain facilities and non-live fire manoeuvre ranges located at various Marine Corps bases and installations.

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Cubic Defense Systems has won a $10 million contract with the US Army Reserves to provide its Engagement Skills Trainer (EST 3000) virtual training system, simulated weapons and services.

EST 3000 trains marksmanship, offensive and defensive collective, and “shoot-don’t shoot” judgmental firing skills. The EST 3000 is a portable system that leverages the training capabilities provided by the EST 2000 US Army-certified system. It will give the U.S. Army Reserves enhanced fundamentals of marksmanship capabilities through immediate feedback efficiency indicators (trigger pressure, pitch, cant) and 3D targets. The system uses high-fidelity, game-engine graphics that provide realism to marksmanship and collective scenarios. This overall simulation capability will allow Reserve Soldiers to increase their training effectiveness with reduced time and cost, and supports the overall Army Reserves training strategy.

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Lockheed Martin has received a $113 million contract from the USAF to design, develop, field and sustain aircrew training devices for HH-60G PAVE HAWK search and rescue (SAR) helicopters.

Lockheed will deliver eight HH-60G training simulators, spares and logistics support to the USAF as part of the PAVE HAWK Equivalent Distributive Repeatable Operative Simulators (PEDROS) trainer programme. The simulators will be used to prepare aircrews for the full spectrum of personnel recovery, including combat search and rescue missions in multiple environments.

The HH-60G PEDROS simulator will be embedded with aircrew squadrons, giving them increased access to training and simulation scenarios, improving aircrew readiness and eliminating the need to travel to training facilities. The simulator reduces aircraft maintenance costs, saves flight hours and includes software upgrades and enhancements that increase speed and capability. It is also re-locatable to support long-term deployments.

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3D perception introduced the next generation NORTHSTAR AURORA GRP simulator screens. 3D perception has developed a new series of NORTHSTAR AURORA GRP (glassfibre-reinforced plastic) screens.

The NORTHSTAR AURORA is available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and is an excellent choice for applications with tight floor space or ceiling height requirements.

The screens are delivered with AURORA WarpSync and ChromaSync instrumentation for full integration with the NORTHSTAR ecosystem.

The first installation of the new NORTHSTAR AURORA GRP screen was recently done at Cameron's training centre in Kristiansand, Norway.

The simulator utilises a state-of-the-art 5-channel display system, complete with NORTHSTAR nBox, NORTHSTAR CompactView WUX 42 Simulation Certified Projectors, NORTHSTAR nControl control software and the new instrumented NORTHSTAR AURORA GRP screen. This display system ensures a high quality seamless image, full control during operation, and easy and efficient maintenance procedures.

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MetaVR has built a 3D virtual representation of the southern Somalia port city of Kismayo. The high-resolution 3D terrain is populated with hundreds of geographically specific culture models built from ground-level photographs taken on the streets of Kismayo. In addition to these geolocated and photo-specific models of buildings and other structures, several hundred other buildings were modeled by matching the structural footprints visible in the imagery as geotypical models with culturally and architecturally accurate details.

The models are combined with 50 cm per-pixel Digital Globe (GeoEye-1) satellite imagery covering 1,017 sq km of the southern Somalia port city and are blended into 15-meter natural view imagery of all of Somalia with SRTM void filled elevation source data. This virtual terrain was built in MetaVR's round-earth format with MetaVR Terrain Tools for Esri ArcGIS for visualizing in the company’s Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG). For placing persistent cultural features on the terrain, VRSG Scenario Editor was used as part of the terrain workflow. VRSG Scenario Editor was also used to create multiple scenarios that are delivered with the terrain. The Kismayo 3D terrain and the scenarios are demonstrated at I/ITSEC in MetaVR's booth 1249.

MetaVR chose Kismayo as the location for its new virtual 3D environment because the city contains varied terrain representative of important training environments, from a built-up port to dense urban streets to a sparsely populated outer region that includes a commercial airport. This virtual terrain is an entirely self-financed venture by MetaVR.

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Less than six months after the Brazilian Army selected MASA SWORD as its constructive simulation software to train its command staff at battalion, brigade, division and army levels, COMBATER, the Brazilian name of the customized version of SWORD, has entered into service for the first time.

At I/ITSEC, TC (Lt.Col.) Sergio Peres of the Simulation Division of the Brazilian Army's Comando de Operações Terrestres (COTER), joined representatives from MASA Group giving an exclusive overview of  the country's first full-scale, next generation simulation exercise using COMBATER, powered by SWORD.

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Parsons is exhibiting at I/ITSEC 2013. “Parsons is proud to be a participating sponsor at I/ITSEC 2013,” said Mary Ann Hopkins, Parsons Group President. “This conference will be a great opportunity for our team to exchange ideas and best practices with other leaders in the modeling, simulation, and training industry and demonstrate our capabilities in this market.”

This is the fourth consecutive year that Parsons has exhibited at I/ITSEC. The Parsons booth presents several of its programmes, including the Multi-Spectral Sea and Land Target Simulator (MSALTS), Mission Support & Training, and Special Operations Support. Parsons demonstrates expertise in threat weapons systems analysis with systems engineering and integration capabilities to produce a sea and land training program for the US military. Parsons also showcases its commercial and federal cybersecurity services, which span specialty research and product development, consultation, cyber risk and vulnerability assessments, cyber architecture roadmaps, and technology programme management.

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At I/ITSEC 2013, Thales is showcasing their impressive range of Thales Training and Simulation solutions. Wherever people are operating in critical environments, Thales' role is to ensure they achieve and maintain the highest possible capability in the shortest possible time, using simulation-based and enhanced-live training solutions. Whether the task is to train helicopter crews, controllers of urban transport networks, submarine crews, or allied ground forces on operations, Thales' innovative solutions are enduring, adaptable, scalable and affordable. 

I/ITSEC 2013: Saab at I/ITSEC 2013

This year at I/ITSEC 2013 in Orlando, FL, Saab presents its Live Laser Training, AFV Crew Trainer, Small Arms Virtual Indoor Trainer (SAVIT), and the C-IED Clearance Trainer (CCT).

Saab has a complete range of interoperable simulators covering gunnery and combat training. At I/ITSEC, the company shows their new MOUT capabilities delivered to Sweden this year, the new vehicle system Combat Vehicle Tactical Engagement Simulator System (CVTESS), which Saab has delivered to the US, and Interim Range System (IRS), the new radio communication system, which the company has also delivered to the US. Saab’s new Personal Detection Device (PDD) is also on display.



The Virtual Gunnery Simulator from Saab is a part of a complete training package for all crew members of modern combat vehicles. The training range goes from Computer Based Training (CBT) to highest fidelity Crew Trainers with six DoF motion platforms and on to live training with laser based systems.

Saab’s SAVIT, with some of the most accurate aiming systems on the market and some of the most exact weapon replicas, enables the soldier to master his personal weapon and interact with his team members in complex tactical scenarios.



The CCT is a fully instrumented tactical engagement system developed to meet the training needs for route clearance of current and future IED threats and the wider aspects of counter insurgency. It can be reconfigured to offer training and validation of the C-IED Force.


I/ITSEC 2013: Meggitt Training Systems Wins $17 Million in Orders from Italian MoD

Meggitt Training Systems has won $17 million in combined contracts from the Italian Ministry of Defence for its FATS® virtual small arms training simulators (SATs).

The Italian MoD has selected Meggitt Training Systems' FATS® virtual small arms training simulators, which can be upgraded to use Night Vision scopes, as seen in this picture. (Photo: Meggitt)

Italy’s existing inventory of Meggitt training equipment will expand by 55 SATs and 660 weapon simulators, two of which will be new to complement live weapons. The SATs will be the first to include Meggitt’s new FATS® M100 system architecture which, because of its compatibility with a wide range of devices and software packages, will support the Italian Army’s expanding capabilities.

Ronald Vadas, President of Meggitt Training Systems, commented, “We have supported the Italian Armed Forces for over 20 years.  We value this relationship highly and are proud to support them with our latest small arms training technology.”

Meggitt Training Systems’ SATs have been the Italian Army’s primary small arms training system since the late 1990s. Similar systems are in service with forces in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and many countries in Asia and the Middle East.

Meggitt Training Systems’ FATS® M100 simulation system architecture, based on the software used to create blockbuster games, movies, high-quality simulations and interactive applications, supports the military training industry’s next-generation training systems and Meggitt’s own simulated weapons selection. 


On the FATS® M100, Vadas commented, “We continue to invest in new product developments to meet the needs of our customers in times of changing operational and budgetary requirements. FATS® M100 allows the rapid development of training options for customer requirements in a modular, cost-effective package.”

Meggitt Training Systems is a leading supplier of integrated live fire and simulation weapons training systems supporting military, defence and security forces, federal and international law enforcement agencies, large metropolitan training academies, thousands of police departments, ammunition and firearms manufacturers and commercial shooting range owners. Headquartered in Suwanee, GA in a 235,000 square foot facility, Meggitt Training Systems employs over 350 people at facilities in the United States, Australia, Canada, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Meggitt Training Systems is a business unit in Meggitt PLC's Equipment Group division. 

I/ITSEC 2013: Rheinmetall to Modernise NH90 Cockpit Trainer for the Bundeswehr


The Bundeswehr is currently expanding its helicopter training programme with simulation technology from Rheinmetall. Several weeks ago, Germany’s BAAINBw defence procurement agency awarded Rheinmetall a contract to develop an NH90 cockpit trainer. The user will be the Luftwaffe Technical School 3 in Fassberg.

The NH90 cockpit trainer is based on Rheinmetall's ASTERION modular cockpit simulation. (Photo: Rheinmetall)

Specifically, the cockpit trainer will be used for initial and advanced training of Bundeswehr aviation technical personnel in NH90 helicopter operations. The complete training system consists of a trainer workstation and a replica cockpit from the NH90 simulator identical to the current IOC+ configuration of the NH90 helicopter, plus the associated computer hardware.

A core element of the NH90 cockpit trainer is the simulation software program that replicates various helicopters, thus making it possible to conduct progressively expandable training of maintenance personnel using a single simulator.

This advanced training system is based on Rheinmetall’s ASTERION modular cockpit simulation. In the first expansion stage, the cockpit trainer’s software realistically reproduces the behaviour and functionality of the NH90’s electrical system. When the real helicopter is reconfigured to IOC+ design status, it results in technical alterations in the cockpit which have to be taken into account when configuring the replica cockpit, the training simulation and trainer workstation.

An initial phase of the project is to be completed by mid-2014. Furthermore, an option exists to expand the system to include additional modules and training systems.

The Bundeswehr is currently expanding its helicopter training programme with simulation technology from Rheinmetall. Germany’s BAAINBw defence procurement agency awarded Rheinmetall a contract to develop an NH90 cockpit trainer, based on the company's ASTERION modular cockpit simulation. (Photo: Rheinmetall)

I/ITSEC 2013: Korean Submarine Combat Team Trainer by Rheinmetall


In the complex underwater environment that submarines operate in, extensive prior training is a vital prerequisite for successful operational outcomes. As an experienced manufacturer of tactical simulators for conventional submarines, Rheinmetall offers an ideal solution: the Submarine Command Team Trainer (SCTT).

Rheinmetall Submarine Command Team Trainer (SCTT)

On 31 October 2013 the Submarine Command Team Trainer for U 214 RoKN (SCTT U 214 RoKN) was handed over to the Korean Navy at the Naval Base in Jinhae. Within the project, a complex simulator with an integrated original combat system was delivered, allowing the Navy to train the crews of the 214 class submarines in a highly realistic environment.

The system supplied to the Korean Navy perfectly replicates a state-of-the art U 214 submarine. The SCTT U 214 RoKN consist of a mock-up periscope and Navigation Command Console (NCC), a mock-up Combat Information Centre-hull as well as a complex instructor and debriefing equipment including an auditorium. The original on board equipment (f. e. ISUS 90-61 from ATLAS) has been implemented. Furthermore, the system simulates a realistic submarine sonar environment as well as various targets.

The project was delivered exact within the contractual schedule, including all offset obligations. During the hand-over ceremony, high level Navy representatives expressed their high satisfaction with the performance of Rheinmetall, especially with regard to deadlines and reliability of the commitments made.

Key Characteristics of the SCTT

Developed by Rheinmetall’s Bremen, Germany-based Simulation and Training business unit, the SCTT is a very flexible simulation system. It is scalable from operator training in individual sensors and systems to command team training for operational units.

Every important component of a submarine Combat Information Centre (CIC), including combat management systems, armament, modern sonar systems and non-acoustic sensors (radar, link, ESM, periscope, etc.) will be simulated with extreme fidelity.

Importantly, the SCTT can be networked with other simulators (e.g. Submarine Control Simulators/SCSs, Anti-Submarine Warfare/ASW simulators and naval tactical trainers) via open simulation standard protocol interfaces (Distributed Interactive Simulation/DIS, High Level Architecture/HLA). To do so it uses Rheinmetall’s Advanced Naval Synthetic Environment (ANSE) for generating scenarios, joint databases and networking. It can simulate, emulate or stimulate sonar, command and control, and effector systems of various makes. The consoles are reconfigurable for assignment of specific tasks.

The SCTT records all relevant data, voice communication and monitor images for subsequent synchronised analysis and debriefing; the exercise is restarted at freely selectable points within and exercise.

Rheinmetall Submarine Command Team Trainer (SCTT)

Submarine Simulation Technology from Rheinmetall

Rheinmetall has been supplying the market for over 35 years, satisfying and continually supporting its demanding client base with a full array of advanced solutions ranging from complete simulation/stimulation of original sonar, sensor, CMS and effector systems to emulation and low-cost generic replication of on-board systems in the form of a non-type specific submarine operating training system.

Rheinmetall has longstanding expertise in the simulation of passive and active sonars, CMS and effector systems such as torpedoes and missiles. Furthermore, Rheinmetall has core competencies in sonar simulation and connection to command and weapon engagement systems for conventional submarines.

Freely configurable scenarios are simulated in multifaceted tactical situations under a variety of operating conditions. In addition, the simulation enables identification, classification and engagement of targets based on realistic characteristics such as sound beam progression, noise simulation and range.