SOFEX 2014

A step beyond

05 May 2014

UK-based simulation, training and consultancy NSC (Stand A141) is providing the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior with a virtual environment in which the crews of its Desert Chameleon armoured personnel carriers can familiarise themselves with aspects of the vehicles’ Remote Multipurpose Turret System (RMTS) developed by ADVS (UK) Ltd.

The simulator, using commercial off-the-shelf technologies, permits safe and cost-effective training of the weapon system through the ability to inject virtual scenarios into an authentic sensor display and replicating the look and feel of the turret’s control consoles.

“As a means of training individual gunnery skills, it is important that any solution provides a high level of detail and fidelity,” says Chris Williams, NSC’s head of simulation. “The simulation has to look and feel like the real thing; factors such as the behaviour of ballistics and slew of the turret have to be authentic to the platform it is modelled on.

“Our software delivers that level of immersion and is a step beyond more traditional tactical and procedural training.”

The company has assisted Kuwait’s armed forces in developing its military leaders of the future through the provision of computer-assisted decision making exercises at the Mubarak Al Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College since 1996.

Responding to a request from the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command to the pilot Defence Simulation Centre, NSC has produced a visual and functional model of the recently upgraded AgustaWestland Lynx Mk9a battlefield utility helicopter currently deployed in Afghanistan.

It has been designed to bring greater fidelity to armed forces’ training serials conducted using Virtual Battlespace 2 (VBS2). NSC has also been selected as lead for modelling and simulation for the Operational Analysis Strategy and Capability programme of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), which has brought together 18 external organisations to evaluate the range of analytical tools, techniques and technologies available to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

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