Since first designing SWORD in 2001, an automated simulation training solution for army personnel, from brigade to division level, MASA has taken the system from strength to strength, continuing to develop it in line with customer requests and needs.
The latest iteration of SWORD, version 6.10, which is on display at I/ITSEC, has integrated a new, dynamic chat tool into the system. The tool allows users to create groups, which can be defined in both the preparation and gaming phases of use. The tool can manage these groups, allowing or preventing them from sharing key strategic information. This information could include terrain features, situation reports, key positions or knowledge about enemy parties. The chat also enables trainers to send special alerts to groups or users, and to help them focus on specific events.
There have also been improvements to SWORD’s AI software, thanks to investment in MASA’s Direct AI. MASA has worked over the last two years to greatly increase the ability of Direct AI, and version 5.0 has been integrated into SWORD, providing better performance, a new debugger and improved reusability.
MASA has already announced that by May 2018, it will produce SWORD 6.11, which will include new models for naval and joint forces operations.
Away from MASA’s booth, NATO is demonstrating the VIKING-COALITION at I/ITSEC on booth #2161. The Viking model was initiated by the United States and Sweden, but has significant support from NATO ACT and many partner nations and organisations. The model provides exercises designed to prepare a multi-agency force (civilian, military and police) for multidimensional crisis response operations, including security, humanitarian affairs, peace building and political issues. As such, realism and current operational concepts are key for training. During I/ITSEC, demonstrations of the VIKING-COALITION are running at the NATO booth #2161. The Brazilian Army is connected to the coalition from Brazil, using SWORD to participate in the exercise. MASA is also remotely connecting to the coalition exercise, with SWORD playing a role in the crisis response training demonstrated.
Enrico Raue, MASA’s New Markets and Sales Manager, says: “We are proud to be part of the VIKING-COALITION, and that SWORD will be an integral platform in training staff across NATO, UN and EU missions for crisis management missions. SWORD, and its civilian alternative, SYNERGY, have already been used by our clients in Brazil and around the world to train staff for disaster and crisis management scenarios. The software complements the training scenarios required in the VIKING-COALITION and we hope we can continue to provide relevant training tools for crisis management missions.”
Another showcase of SWORD during I/ITSEC is taking place with Nexter at the KMW booth #2401, where Nexter is showcasing its Digital Sand Box, allowing collaborative work to ease the tactical decision-making process for training, mission preparation and conduct of operation.