After four successful years of training command staff through COMBATER, a simulation system powered by MASA SWORD, the Brazilian Army has chosen to renew its software maintenance contract with MASA. The Army has also decided to extend the deployment of licenses chosen to improve its simulation training offering for its officers.
The Brazilian Army first selected MASA SWORD, an artificial intelligence (AI) based constructive training system in 2013. The Brazilian Army was seeking its first commercial system, which would be able to adapt and develop as quickly as operational requirements and soldiers’ equipment changed.
COTER, the Brazilian Army’s Land Operations Command, which runs the Army’s Command Staff Training Center in Santa Maria, was responsible for the selection process of the commercial system. A competition was held for a relevant solution, and of the seven down-selected companies, five of those included a solution powered by MASA SWORD. The three final companies in the competing for the contract would all have implemented SWORD.
Dec@tron, which won the contract, oversaw the implementation of SWORD, adapted the system into Portuguese, working with MASA to deliver a completely customized version of its training software.
Once implemented, the Army could train its command staff, from brigade to division level, for not only warfare scenarios, but also public safety and peacekeeping exercises.
Now the Brazilian Army is looking to see how it can take SWORD to new levels of training, working with MASA to develop new simulation use cases. Earlier in 2017, MASA launched MASA do Brasil, a Brazilian subsidiary in Rio de Janeiro, to ensure it could provide immediate support to the Army and its civil defence customers. This move ensures that MASA can work closely with the Army as it develops more training scenarios and its requirements develop.
At I/ITSEC, this week in Orlando, Florida, COTER is taking part to the Viking 18 demonstration by remotely connecting the COMBATER platform from Brazil to the simulation scenario organised by the Swedish Army.