ST Engineering announced on 2 December that Boeing Defence UK has chosen the simulation and visualization software of its subsidiaries VT MAK and Antycip Simulation as core components of its Defence Operational Training Capability (Air) (DOTC A)) Core System and Services (DCS&S) contract.

Based on the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) requirements, the companies will deliver and support commercial off the shelf (COTS) products that deliver capabilities into the hands of customers as early as possible, while incrementally adding new capabilities.

Bill Cole, President and CEO of VT MAK, commented “We look forward to working with Boeing and Antycip Simulation to deliver a comprehensive networked training capability to the Royal Air Force. This win, along with our recent US Army Synthetic Training Environment (STE) award, firmly positions VT MAK as the leader in providing COTS products for distributed simulation in both the air and land domains.”

Michael Pronier, CEO of Antycip Simulation, added “[the award] builds on our established heritage and leadership in the European simulation community, itself built in no small part on the quality, range and capability of VT MAK’s products. The Antycip team is already working hard on delivery for Boeing UK and the Royal Air Force.”

The DCS&S contract will see the creation of GLADIATOR, a capability that will support multiple complex training scenarios simultaneously and independently of each other. The system will allow personnel at different sites to train together in their own high-fidelity simulators, linked by a secure network to a new hub at RAF Waddington.

The system will securely manage training events across locations and classification levels, allowing RAF crews to experience the same battle environment and threats, including joint training with their counterparts in the US.

MAK products provide off-the-shelf functionality, ease-of-use, open architecture, modularity and support for open standards. Antycip Simulation will customize, enhance, deliver and support MAK COTS products for DCS&S. High fidelity flight and electronic warfare models will be integrated into VR-Forces by VT MAK and Antycip partner, RTDynamics. VR-Forces, VR-Vantage, and VR-Engage will become the DCS&S Common Computer-Generated Forces, Common Image Generator and Common Role Players and will be the primary tools to support preparation and execution of DOTC (A) exercises managed by Boeing and the Inzpire White Force.

Exercises that will benefit immediately from the DOTC A initiative will involve a wide range of British and allied aircraft and ground assets. (Photo: Royal Air Force)

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