4GD introduces AI to SimStriker target, eyes further advanced features

by Giles Ebbutt

4GD's SimStriker smart target in the SmartFacility-based urban operations training centre at Colchester. (4GD)

4GD is upgrading the capabilities of its SimStriker intelligent target by improving its behaviour and response to trainee actions through the use of artificial intelligence (AI).

Following a contract award in 2022 4GD is currently installing 10 SimStrikers in the urban operations training SmartFacility it has provided at the British Army's 16 Air Assault Brigade's base in Colchester.

Speaking to Janes, James Crowley, 4GD business development director, said the installation should be complete by the end of October.

SimStriker is a humanoid-shaped target fitted with six hit-zone sensors for use with non-ballistic ammunition, enabling the facility to collect details of hit accuracy. Currently, the target can react to various triggers with different responses. The triggers, which can be adjusted for sensitivity, are the hit from a fired weapon; noise using an acoustic sensor; and motion and light using a camera inside the head. These sensors will filter out background effects from the immersive environment generated by the system, differentiating between facility-generated effects and those caused by trainees.

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Bohemia Interactive Simulations outlines AI road map

by Giles Ebbutt

BISim is working to increase the AI capabilities of its VBS software, which is in widespread use. (Bohemia Interactive Simulations)

Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) is continuing to expand its artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities and is seeking to develop a more visualisation-agnostic capability, Pete Morrison, BISim's chief commercial officer, told Janes at I/ITSEC 2023 in Orlando.

“We're focusing on AI and in particular how we can enable our customers to train for the next Ukraine,” Morrison said. He observed that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are a “big threat or opportunity, depending on your point of view”, and suggested that Virtual Battle Space (VBS), BISim's core product, is the “perfect platform to develop offensive and defensive doctrine [for UAVs]”.

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Vrgineers unveils new mixed reality HMD

by Giles Ebbutt

Vrgineers' new carbon fibre, lightweight XTAL 3 CAVU mixed reality HMD utilises a streamlined architecture to improve performance. ( Vrgineers)

Vrgineers has developed a new version of its mixed reality (MR) XTAL head-mounted display (HMD) and displayed it for the first time at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC 2023) in Orlando.

Marek Polčák, the company's CEO and co-founder, told Janes that while there was little room for improvement in virtual reality (VR) HMD technology, there was still scope for improvement in MR but this required a new architecture because the standard image processing pipeline used in MR HMDs had reached its maximum capability. The new architecture is based on removing parts of the pipeline to lower latency and improve performance.

Polčák explained that currently in a standard MR HMD image, data from the headset image sensor undergoes some initial image processing in the headset, which downgrades the image before it is processed through a central processing unit (CPU) and random-access memory (RAM), and then by an image graphics processing unit (GPU) before finally being combined with VR imagery in another GPU.

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UAE requests AN/TPQ-50 counter-fire radars

by Olivia Savage

The UAE has requested to purchase SRC's tripod-mounted AN/TPQ-50 counter-fire radar, currently operated by the British Army and US Army. (Janes/Patrick Allen)

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has requested to purchase 18 manportable AN/TPQ-50 Lightweight Counter Mortar Radars (LCMRs) from the United States (US).

The proposed sale is estimated to be valued at USD85 million and will include, in addition to the AN/TPQ-50 radars, 107 mm high-explosive rockets (for contiguous US testing only); computer digital military laptop radar control displays; 5 kW Advanced Medium Mobile Power Source (AMMPS) trailer-mounted, diesel engine-driven power units; spares; mission equipment; communication and navigation equipment; support equipment and repair parts; US government and contractor technical and logistics personnel services; and other related elements of logistics and programme support, according to a US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announcement on 4 December.

SRC Inc will be the primary contractor.

Together, the equipment is intended to support the protection of critical infrastructure, military installations, and forces from rocket, artillery, and mortar (RAM) fire including “unmanned aerial system threats”, the announcement detailed.

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