Antycip Simulation has teamed up with Agueris, a subsidiary of CMI Defence (CMID), to deliver state of the art ground terrain and turret simulation solutions used by CMID to train its customers, with systems successfully rolled out in France and the Middle East.
Agueris became a fully owned subsidiary of CMID in 2016, prior to which the company was Agueris’ main customer. It designs, develops, delivers and supports armoured vehicle and turret training simulators, and was tasked by CMID with providing generic training simulators for a large-scale international programme involving the shipping, delivery and deployment of hundreds of 30/40mm and 105mm turrets, and the deployment of training capacities within dedicated centres. The company took full responsibility for the development of the simulators, the training of its operators and the design of the training courses.
CMID was looking for innovative and cost-effective training solutions for their range of products. Usually in the modelling and simulation industry, a gunnery training simulator for armoured vehicles is a physical mock up – large, costly and dedicated to only one system. CMID wanted to replace this approach with a generic and versatile system, so that one simulator could be used on various turrets. They also wanted to use embedded simulation in each turret: a concept whereby the operational system becomes the trainer, using real environment commands and controls – allowing for training anytime, anywhere.
In order to successfully deliver such a progressive project, Agueris turned to Antycip Simulation to help design the required bespoke simulation solutions.
The simulators are designed to train the turret and vehicle crews to operate the weapons system from basic gunnery training to crew-level training and tactical training at platoon-level. Each system includes a virtual interactive cockpit allowing the simulation of the operator’s environment, coupled with a tactical simulation. The crew can perform technical and tactical training up to platoon level. A specifically designed instructor operating station allows animation and supervision, exercise creation and control, after action review and student monitoring. The system is mobile and can be deployed in a classroom, in a shelter, or in specific mobile trailers. Thanks to the virtual cockpit concept, a single simulator can be used to train on various weapon systems, through dynamic software reconfiguration.
The VT MAK and CM Labs solutions used in the simulators can easily combine together to give both the broad scope and high fidelity elements needed in a simulation solution by their adherence to industry integration standards (DIS/HLA) and they can be readily and effectively networked into other simulations, with no concern over compromising the efficacy of the simulation and training activities.
Discussing the product selection, Johan Besnainou, France and Spain director at Antycip Simulation, remarked: “The VT MAK suite of products is recognised for its comprehensiveness – from visualising the terrain to simulating enemy or friendly entities, to enabling effective training scenario generation. CM Labs meanwhile is renowned for providing the best high fidelity physics engine, which can model and simulate physical activities accurately – ranging from specific land or water vehicles handling in various terrain or sea states, through to accurately simulating the behaviour of load cables on construction sites.”
Several of the systems have already been deployed for CMID – both 30-40-105 mm turrets and for LCTS90 systems (90 mm turrets) – in a dedicated training centre in Commercy (France), and a mobile, shelter-based version was also delivered to one of CMID’s customers. In each case, the training was a success and allowed the crews to work on their technical and tactical skills. The feedback from the customer was excellent – both from the trainees and from the instructors.
Concludes Besnainou: “We are thrilled that Agueris and CMID are so pleased with the product we created together and the impact the solution has had – helping to improve the skills and abilities of the teams that use it. The fact that CMID is using the products as a point of differentiation and as a way to showcase its technological innovation versus its competitors is testament to how ground-breaking the solutions we devised have been. We look forward to a successful ongoing co-operation.”