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Rheinmetall Canada Chooses VT MAK's VR-Forces and VR-Vantage for Dutch Air Defense Operations Simulator (ADOS)

MAK’s Simulation and Visualization Solutions Key Components in Ground Based Air Defense System Trainer

Cambridge, Mass., January 25, 2011 ― VT MAK, (MAK), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced that Rheinmetall Canada has selected VR-Forces, MAK’s simulation solution, and VR-Vantage Stealth and Toolkit, MAK’s visualization solution components, as part of their Air Defense Operations Simulation (ADOS) for the Dutch Army.

The Air Defense Operations Simulator will be used for decision-making training of the staff of the air defense units responsible for Command and Control (C2). The Dutch Army is fielding new Ground Based Air Defense Systems (GBADS) from Rheinmetall and integrating these with Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) systems, requiring new training systems for tactical decision-making as opposed to purely operation training. The ADOS system will also be used as an aid in the development of air defense Doctrine, Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (DTTP).

The training system will comprise a simulation network connected to a copy of the operational C2 system. VR-Forces, MAK’s simulation solution, will provide scenario generation and modeling of ground and air threats and blue force including the mobile GBADS.VR-Vantage Stealth and VR-Vantage Toolkit, MAK’s 3D visualization tools, will be used as the primary interface for the role players which will include the Stinger Weapon Platform platoons, the Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) two fire units, and opposing forces. All positions will be connected via the High Level Architecture (HLA). Students, making up the Staff platoon, will be at copies of the operational C2 system.

In addition, the positions will also be connected via HLA through the MAK High Performance RTI. The MAK Data Logger will support After Action Review.

“MAK’s VR-Forces and VR-Vantage combination of providing out-of-the-box capabilities with a powerful API for easy customization made them the ideal choice as the simulation and visualization component of the ADOS System. The technical capabilities of MAK’s products coupled with their excellent reputation for unsurpassed customer support made the decision to team with MAK an easy one.”

~ Ledin CHARLES
ADOS Program Manager, Rheinmetall Canada

‘We’re delighted that our strategic customer, Rheinmetall Canada, has chosen VR-Forces and VR-Vantage for their ADOS system. Despite a crowded field of competitors, Rheinmetall’s purchase reinforces MAK’s value proposition of offering a combined, correlated, agile simulation and visualization solution. Clearly, customers are seeing the value in using integrated COTS components as the basis of their simulation-based training systems.”

~ Warren KATZ
Chief Executive Officer, VT MAK

VT MAK, helps customers deliver simulation systems. Leveraging a strong foundation of COTS software products and custom developed system components, MAK works with customers to build and populate compelling 3D simulated environments in which users train, plan, analyze, experiment, prototype, and demonstrate. MAK’s primary users are in the aerospace and defense industry, yet the company’s products and services can be used anywhere modeling and simulation is needed. Thousands of customers worldwide use MAK products, including the world’s ten largest defense contractors. Please visit www.mak.com.

VT Systems is a diversified company providing integrated engineering solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

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