C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

Joint venture develops digital sandbox, geospatial database training tool

09 December 2016

Nexter Systems and Krauss Maffei Wegmann (KMW) showcased one of the first fruits of their joint venture - KMW + Nexter Defense Systems (KNDS) - at the 2016 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando in December.

The KNDS Digital Sand Box with rapid modelling of geospecific databases (RMGD) shown at I/ITSEC 2016. (Giles Ebbutt)The KNDS Digital Sand Box with rapid modelling of geospecific databases (RMGD) shown at I/ITSEC 2016. (Giles Ebbutt)

The Nexter FINDMP Digital Sand Box (DSB) has been integrated with KMW's rapid modelling of geospecific databases (RMGD) to provide a tool which can be used either for command training or for mission planning and rehearsal.

FINDMP, which was first revealed as a Nexter product at Eurosatory in June 2016, displays terrain on a large table top touchscreen in 2-D and 3-D, and provides a number of tactical and terrain analysis and planning tools.

The KMW RMGD, first showcased at I/ITSEC in 2015, can provide geospecific databases from high-resolution passive aerial imagery rendered dynamically in 5 cm resolution. The software will identify and classify different terrain surfaces, individual buildings and other objects such as different types of vegetation and render them accurately.

Alexis Mabile, head of the operational readiness system department at Nexter, told IHS Jane's that the system had been used by the French Army in Exercise 'Scorpion V', one of the concept development exercises in the French Scorpion programme. Mabile said that initially sceptical senior officers were enthusiastic about the system's capability by the end of the exercise.

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