Cubic to support Canadian Army's weapon effects simulation systems

Cubic Global Defense has been awarded a contract to continue supporting weapon effects simulation (WES) systems for the Canadian Armed Forces. Valued at around $200m, the contract requires the company to provide in-service support for WES systems until October 2021. The contract extension supports the continued employment of approximately 25 Canadian employees. Canada Minister of Public Services and Procurement Judy M. Foote said: "The Government of Canada is committed to providing our men and women in uniform with the equipment they need, when they need it. “This contract will ensure continued in-service support for the weapon effects simulation system for five more years." The military use

VBS3 Selected as the DVS Solution for UK MOD

Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) has announced that the UK Ministry of Defence has acquired an enterprise licence of the company's flagship software Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3) as the UK MOD's Defence Virtual Simulation (DVS) solution. DVS will be the UK MOD's common virtual simulation tool to provide interoperable, accessible and deployable virtual simulation capability across the MOD. The DVS capability will enable simulated activity across all levels of training, including live and virtual simulation, education and experimentation. John Brookes, Joint Training Section Deputy Head within the Soldier Training and Special Programmes team at the UK MOD's Defence Equipment and Support,

Virtual Training Getting Real

In their book “The ultimate battleground: fighting and winning in the city” (L’ultime champ de bataille: combattre et vaincre en ville), authors Frédérique Chamaud and Pierre Santoni put significant emphasis on the importance of joint forces combat in a battleground that is fast changing. No longer confined to vast spaces, the 21st century main battleground is the city, which complex fabric has turned distinguishing friend from foe, civilian from combatant, into a particularly challenging task. In this context, joint forces combat not only facilitates coordination between forces on the ground and air support, but also contributes to limiting casualties. The preparation required for this new

Be Real

Live, virtual, constructive (LVC) training combines real trainees operating real systems with real trainees operating simulated systems and simulated soldiers operating simulated systems, the constructive C in LVC. The technique is new and still developing, but it offers major possibilities to greatly expand training realism, especially for large groups, affordably and practically. The Army’s Integrated Training Environment (ITE) can combine all or just elements of LVC to create realistic training in combined arms operations with the complexity of a combat training center event, said Colonel Jay Bullock, capability manager for ITE in Training and Doctrine Command. Connecting different LVC en

Driving Innovative Thought in Cyber Security and Training

Speed of change and the scale of which network systems can be used against themselves pushes to the breaking point the ability to defend cyberspace. The foundation of change is at the education and training level where the cyber warfighters and educators construct the systems that can understand yesterday’s challenges and be ready for tomorrow’s. Military Training International spoke with several leaders in the field for their perspective on the challenges, accomplishments and the paths forward. Mark A. Parsons Senior Instructional Systems Specialist Engility In the ever-changing landscape of today’s cybersecurity threats, defending networks requires tactics as swift, adaptable and agile as

Simthetiq Teaming with TrianGraphics and RT Dynamics at I/ITSEC 2016

Simthetiq is teaming with TrianGraphics and RT Dynamics at I/ITSEC 2016 this week in Orlando to showcase the powerful results that collaboration in MS&T can generate. Their team will be at booth #1913 demonstrating how they use Simthetiq’s visual solutions tools and techniques to generate highly accurate, cross platform models and terrains and to showcase the latest additions to its library of DIS/HLA compliant 3D model content. Simthetiq will give demonstrations showing of its library of cross-platform 3D content available for the simulation industry – the deciding factor in the Canadian Armed Forces recently awarding Simthetiq with a major modeling contract. Source: Halldale.com - Article

Rockwell Collins to Launch Coalescence Mixed Reality Training System at I/ITSEC

Next week at I/ITSEC 2016, Rockwell Collins will launch Coalescence™, a mixed reality training system for air, land and sea domains. Also at the show, Rockwell Collins will announce a teaming agreement with Bluedrop Training and Simulation Inc. "Today's customers are looking for comprehensive and integrated training solutions from a single provider, and a solution that offers high cost savings as compared to solely live training," said Nick Gibbs, vice president and general manager of Simulation & Training Solutions. "Coalescence is our latest augmented vision environment solution that fully immerses the user into any virtual-reality training scenario." At the company's exhibit (booth #2300)

Israel’s Panoramic Power acquired for $60 million

Direct Energy says Panoramic’s wireless energy-management tech ‘supports our brand promise to help customers buy less of what we sell.’ One of North America’s largest energy and energy-related services companies has bought an Israeli energy-management company for $60 million. Houston-based Direct Energy electric retail supplier announced the acquisition of Panoramic Power on November 12. The deal was arranged through Direct Energy’s parent company, Centrica. Founded in 2009 in Israel, Panoramic Power quickly became a global pioneer in energy-management solutions and was recently named one of the top 100 IoT (Internet of Things) startups by Forbes magazine. The wireless and self-powered Panor

C4ISR Systems Must Be Migrated into the Cloud

An impression exists among senior government officials that moving command, control, communication, computers and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems into the cloud is overhyped. They question whether this will improve operational effectiveness. I admit I once shared these reservations, but recently evolved on the subject and now see a compelling rationale for moving C4ISR into the cloud. My epiphany occurred during a conference this summer hosted by Amazon Cloud Services, when a briefer showed a simple graphic—a single chart with two images on it. On the left was a mobile GPS device; the store-bought kind used in cars. On the right was a logo for the Waze traffic a

CYBERBIT to Provide Training and Simulation Platform to New CSTR of Maryland

Elbit Systems’ subsidiary, CYBERBIT, won a contract to supply its CYBERBIT Range platform to the Cyber Security Training Range (CSTR) of Maryland, LLC, a hands-on cyber-security training center for IT and SCADA security professionals in the US. CYBERBIT's training and simulation platform will serve as the launching capability of the CSTR, instructing cyber-security professionals how to protect national assets and infrastructure against cyber attacks. The contract work will be performed during the year 2017. The CSTR of Maryland provides a unique approach to cyber-security training, enabling the entire security and business team to practice the incident-response workflow in hyper-realistic se

MINDEF signs contracts to acquire new helicopters

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has signed contracts to acquire new medium- and heavy-lift helicopters. In a press release on Monday (Nov 7), the ministry said the new H225M and CH-47F will replace the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) Super Pumas and older Chinooks. They have been in service since 1983 and 1994 respectively, and are going to be obsolete. MINDEF said both helicopters were selected after a rigorous evaluation process. The contract for acquiring the H225M - a medium-lift helicopter - was awarded to Airbus Helicopters, while the heavy-lift CH-47F will be provided by The Boeing Company. “The H225M and CH-47F possess better lift and reach capabilities, and wil

Augmented Reality to the Rescue

The virtual world now can really help save lives. A joint industry effort has produced ruggedized augmented reality glasses that securely deliver real-time multimedia information to first responders. The solution, developers say, would shave precious minutes off response times, which could mean the difference between life or death. Such technologies are picking up traction in law enforcement and military environments as officials look to the virtual world for life-saving solutions. The Recon Jet eyewear—originally designed for endurance sports—is essentially a wearable computer with an integrated camera and networking capabilities. It can capture live video footage and stream it to ground pe

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