Berlin Security Conference 2021: ESG to adapt Israeli combat cloud for Germany

by Gareth Jennings

The already operationally proven OPAL combat cloud will form the basis of the NEOS system that ESG is to develop for Germany. (IAI via Janes/Gareth Jennings)

Elektroniksystem und Logistik (ESG) is to adapt an operationally proven Israeli combat cloud to the needs of the Bundeswehr, the German electronics and mission systems specialist announced on 24 November.

Speaking at the Berlin Security Conference, ESG's director of business development and sales, Simon Volkmann, said that the company is to utilise the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Operational Avionics Layer (OPAL) to develop its Network Enabled Operations Support (NEOS) for the air assets of the German armed forces primarily, but for the other domains also.

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I/ITSEC 2021: Lockheed Martin VTESS fielded to US Army

by Giles Ebbutt

Lockheed Martin has passed the Government Acceptance Test on the Vehicle Tactical Engagement Simulation System (VTESS) it is providing to the US Army, and has delivered and fielded the first 160 base kits to Fort Polk, Louisiana, Ralph Briggs, senior business development manager, land training solutions, told Janes prior to the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando.

As prime contractor, Lockheed Martin was awarded the VTESS contract worth USD288 million in July 2017, and is partnered with Saab.

According to Briggs, the key characteristic of VTESS is that it is an open-architecture, component-based system that is compatible with legacy systems. He noted that because of this architecture, future component upgrades could be sourced from any manufacturer that could meet the specification.

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Red Six show video from augmented reality refuelling and aerial manoeuvre for the first time at I/ITSEC

by James Rands

Red Six unveiled footage of their augmented reality system at I/ITSEC this week. Red Six's Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System (ATARS) enables pilots to see and interact with virtual airframes while flying actual aircraft. Virtual aircraft currently have a ghostlike appearance by design but still have a realistic feel to them.

Augmented reality has been around for years but getting a consistent 3D image to appear and maintain its position in relation to the observer at the speed of a jet fighter is a huge technical challenge. Red Six's CEO Daniel Robinson told Janes that they have been the first to find solutions to a long list of issues and have multiple patents in place to cover that technology.

Major Megan Booze and Major Sean Lipkin from the USAF 4th Training Squadron have been employing ATARS while training F-15 pilots. While the system is new and under constant development, they could foresee huge utility especially in terms of surface-to-air threats, which are typically wholly notional on exercise.

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InVeris demonstrates its new SRCE mixed reality training environment

by James Rands

Exercising troops spot an enemy soldier in the SRCE virtual environment. (InVeris)

At I/ITSEC this week InVeris demonstrated SRCE – a mixed reality training environment. SRCE uses a VR headset and a pack with processing capability to enable exercising troops to see enemy and civilians and to engage them with small arms fire.

SRCE builds on InVeris existing marksmanship trainer, which is a programme of record for both the US Army and US Marine Corps. At present the system can cover 10,000 square feet with the aim to double that in the next year. Similarly it aims to expand the number of troops that can exercise concurrently. At present that amounts to a a fire team expanding to a 15-man squad next year with the ultimate goal of a battalion by the end of 2022.

The SRCE environment demonstrated this week uses modular walls provided by Trango systems. These are not essential to the system but does enable one of its features, which is allowing troops across multiple sites to train in the same synthetic environment simultaneously. A modular wall system means exactly the same layout can be built in more than one location.

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