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26 November 2015

RUAG Looking at More Intelligent Simulation and Training Systems

The RUAG Cyber Training Range in Lange, Switzerland, which allows a realistic cyber warfare training environment to improve the cyber awareness and readiness of cyber defenders via RUAG Training Support Cyber (RTS-C) will be ready this October, RUAG executives told MT at DSEI. The RTC-C provides its users with authentic, hands-on training in a controlled environment, using real-world cyber threats. While practicing, users gain practical knowledge as they are required to handle actual cyber-attacks, based on most recently discovered threats. The RTS-C curriculum covers all aspects of cyber warfare, including threat identification, incident management, mitigation, and forensics. It provides in-depth training on the tools and techniques that are under a team’s command when a real attack actually occurs.

Additionally new in the training area is RUAG's OSPREY Command Staff Trainer (CST), which meets the challenges and fills the gaps that exist in today’s military training. The OSPREY CST can be used to support the full spectrum of operations - training at all levels, from squad leader through division commander. Whether training for regular or irregular warfare, border or force protection, civil or natural emergency response, the OSPREY CST provides realistic scenarios to challenge the trainees so they can hone their decision-making and communication skills. The OSPREY CST system allows leaders and their supporting staff to practice planning for and executing training exercises. It provides all the tools required to develop a scenario to meet training requirements on any terrain. Trainees can operate the simulation in standalone and multi-player modes of operation, and can interoperate with other simulations and real-world C2 systems. The OSPREY CST accurately replicates the operational decision-making environment, to create a realistic, yet easy-to-use “experiential learning” environment in the most cost-effective way. RUAG is currently bidding the OSPREY CST in a Swiss tender.

RUAG's OSPREY Command Staff Trainer demonstrated at Impulstag 2015. (Photo: RUAG)

RUAG’s live training solutions cover everything from individual soldiers through to complex MOUT (Mobile Operations in Urban Terrain) installations. The foundation of RUAG’s offering is the GLADIATOR Man Worn Unit. 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. In 2013, RUAG acquired GAVAP, and thereby the Small Arms Training Simulator for the French Army, Air Force and Navy (SITTAL New Generation).

SITTAL NG2 Indoor Simulator for Infantry Light Arms Firing Instruction and Training. (Photo: RUAG)

The SITTAL NG2 Indoor Simulator for Infantry Light Arms Firing Instruction and Training provides individual and group training, up to the combat section with 3D virtual environment and real (neutralised) firearms, realistic recoil, and ballistics, used to train soldiers in forward observer, fire direction center and mortar crew skills proficiency. A brand-new version of SITTAL, setting a new standard for realism and tactical scenarios is being deployed on the French forces systems. It includes untethered weapons and Havok’s Vision Engine, which is a complete, end-to-end simulation development framework. Designed specifically for the simulation sector and continually updated for the visual fidelity demands of the commercial games industry, this advanced 3D engine specialises in building highly realistic and dynamic simulation environments so that users can focus on development goals, helping them exceed end user expectations. GAVAP, now RUAG, chose Havok Vision Engine as the development platform for their next generation simulators, because of its quality, performance, modularity and first-class support, according to the company. Havok Vision Engine allowed RUAG to set up some very specific features, was easy to integrate into their development pipeline, and really helped reach an outstanding level of quality, said a RUAG employee. As to future plans, RUAG disclosed they are working on a mobile system (plug & play) and a more intelligent trainer.