Will the Thai Air Force get more Gripen jets?

By: Valerie Insinna November 28, 2018 SURAT THANI AIR FORCE BASE, Thailand — The Royal Thai Air Force’s Wing 7, home to all of the country’s Saab Gripen aircraft, wants more jets. The question is whether the country’s defense budget will allow for it, one official said Tuesday. “As operators, we know that this is a very good aircraft, and we would love to have more,” said Group Capt. Prachya Tippayarat, deputy commander of the RTAF’s Wing 7. “But it’s just that I don’t know when. The Air Force will have to think about that.” The RTAF currently operates 11 Gripen C/D fighter jets, bought from the Swedish government and manufactured by Saab. The Air Force lost one Gripen in a 2017 crash tha

Prototype UH-X helo to undergo tests, with plans to produce 150 units for Japanese forces

By: Mike Yeo November 28, 2018 TOKYO — Japan’s Subaru Corporation is conducting ground tests with its prototype UH-X helicopter, which is slated to replace the Fuji Heavy Industries/Bell UH-1J utility helicopter in Japanese service. According to Ayako Nakajima with Subaru’s defense programs division, the first prototype UH-X helicopter, which is based on the Bell 412EP family, has been built and is undergoing ground testing. These ground tests will be followed by its first flight and delivery to the Japanese government, which is expected in early 2019. A Japanese photographer last week published an photo of the prototype with its engines running on the ground at Subaru’s facility in Utsun

Bell pitches Viper attack helo to replace Japan’s Cobra copters

By: Mike Yeo November 28, 2018 TOKYO — American company Bell is promoting its AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter at the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition in Tokyo as its entrant for Japan’s attack helicopter replacement program. The East Asian U.S. ally is seeking a new helicopter to replace the approximately 70 Bell AH-1S Cobra helos currently in use by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The country had released a request for information in May seeking a new helicopter. Speaking to Defense News at the show, retired Lt. Gen. George Trautman, a former U.S. Marine aviator and commander of all Marine Corps aviation who now works as an adviser for Bell, said the company responded to the R

Japan prepares to stand up first F-35 operational unit

By: Mike Yeo November 28, 2018 TOKYO — Japan has graduated its first locally trained class of five F-35 pilots and is on track to make its first unit operational, according to a senior official with Japan’s F-35 program. Joel Malone told Defense News at the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition in Tokyo that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force is continuing to train more pilots, maintainers and other support personnel on the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. F-35 jets with the JASDF are assigned to the Rinji F-35 Hkoutai, a temporary JASDF unit. Following the training of five more pilots and the delivery of more F-35s, the aircraft will be transferred to the JASDF’s

BISIM AND SERIOUS SIMULATIONS DEMONSTRATE NEW TECH SUPPORTING REAL-TIME ANIMATION FOR VR/AR TRAINING

ORLANDO, Fla. (USA) — Serious Simulations, an Orlando-based, Veteran-owned simulation company, will join Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), a global developer of advanced military simulation and training software, at BISim’s booth (#2235) during I/ITSEC 2018 to demonstrate new software that enables motion capture and other tracking technologies to utilize natural human motion to animate the avatars in a VBS experience, in real time. Serious Simulations leveraged technology from IKINEMA Ltd, a world leader in Motion Capture data processing, to build the plug-in that integrates the IKINEMA solver to the various versions of VBS3 software. The new technology for VBS3 is called Serious ArtI

Tank maker takeover: Germany’s Rheinmetall eyes acquisition of rival KMW

By: Sebastian Sprenger November 27, 2018 COLOGNE, Germany — German armored vehicles-maker Rheinmetall has confirmed initial talks about an acquisition of its rival Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, a move that would reorder the industry landscape involved in producing a new European main battle tank. According to a brief Rheinmetall statement, on the table is the takeover of KMW in the context of its partnership with French tank maker Nexter, known under the name KNDS. KMW and Nexter each own 50 percent of their Franco-German joint venture. KNDS and Rheinmetall were expected to pitch separate design proposals next year for the Main Ground Combat System, a novel tank meant as one of three signature m

MTS Completes Acquisition Of E2M Technologies B.V.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Nov. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- MTS Systems Corporation (Nasdaq: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and sensors, announced today that it closed on the acquisition of E2M Technologies B.V. ("E2M") on November 21, 2018. Significantly expands MTS Test and Simulation technology and product offerings for human-rated simulation systems Brings key regulatory approvals and customers in high-growth flight simulation and entertainment markets Provides compelling financial profile to enhance MTS revenue growth, margins, earnings and free cash generation E2M is a leader in high-quality, durable, electrically-driven motion systems, serving primarily the h

Pitch Technologies Announces Björn Möller as President

(26 Nov 2018) Björn Möller has been appointed President of Pitch Technologies AB (Linkoping, Sweden). Björn is a co-founder of Pitch and has served in recent years as Pitch’s Vice President. He has been a key business developer during Pitch’s international expansions. Björn has a long background in the modeling and simulation community, as a chairperson in SISO/IEEE standards development, and as a recurring presenter at I/ITSEC, the leading trade show in the simulation-based training industry. Upon his appointment, Björn Möller said: “I am very pleased to take the position as Pitch’s President. It’s an exciting time of growth at Pitch, with new products and new product versions plus expandin

CM Labs and Bohemia Interactive Simulations Partner to Offer Vortex Studio Integration with VBS

This integration allows Virtual Battlespace users to easily enhance their military simulations with CM Labs’ innovative dynamics engine for vehicle and equipment simulation. Montreal, QC, November 15, 2018 — Moving to enhance the modelling and simulation capabilities of military organizations and system integrators specializing in defense vehicle training, CM Labs Simulations and Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) today announced the launch of the new Vortex® Studio for VBS integration. Virtual Battlespace (VBS3) provides a multiplayer, virtual training environment for land, air and sea training and mission rehearsal applications. It has become an industry standard in game-based militar

VR for car factory workers blurs the line between entertainment and training

BY SASHA LEKACH NOV 10, 2018 As the colorful confetti rained down around me, I put my hands up and wiggled in a small victory dance. No one around me knew why I was celebrating; all they could see was the white Vive Focus headset covering most of my head. But I knew: I had successfully passed through three training tasks at a car plant. Except I was actually in a warehouse in San Francisco where virtual and augmented reality company HTC Vive had just announced its expanded Vive Focus system for companies to use in fields like health, entertainment, automotive, aerospace, and retail. As the colorful confetti rained down around me, I put my hands up and wiggled in a small victory dance. No one

Creativex Closes Another Licence Sales with Triangraphics

Creativex Consulting has successfully closed another sales order to provide Trian3DBuilder products to an Asian customer as an terrain database generation tool for the creation and editing of digital landscapes in its simulator solution. Due to its novel workflow, Trian3DBuilder is fast and intuitive to learn and at the same time the most powerful terrain generation tool on the market. Use our software to create terrain databases in a multitude of formats for various applications and simulation systems Key Features Geospecific, geotypic and generic databases Ease of use, rapid database design and creation Verification in integrated 3D viewer Highly realistic, huge 3D environments with WYSIWY

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