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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa Chooses VT MAK's VR-Vantage

VR-Vantage preferred over open-source graphics by CSIR’s Aeronautic Systems division.

Cambridge, Mass., June 21, 2011 ― VT MAK (MAK), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that the Aeronautic Systems division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa has selected MAK’s VR-Vantage Toolkit as its image generator for rendering out-the-window (OTW) displays.

As one of the leading scientific and technology research organizations in Africa, the CSIR focuses on multidisciplinary research and technological innovation for socio-economic growth. The CSIR’s expertise in the defense, peace, safety, and security domain covers various topics including aeronautic, optronic sensor, radar and electronic warfare systems; landwards sciences; safety and security; command, control, and information warfare; and technology for special operations. 

The CSIR’s Aeronautic Systems division will integrate VR-Vantage, a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product, into an existing Helicopter Ship-board Landing Simulator.

At the start of a project, integrators can choose to start from scratch or use a COTS product as a baseline. The Aeronautic Systems division of the CSIR decided to leverage the capabilities of VR-Vantage Toolkit so they can focus their attention on the tasks related to ship-board helicopter landing.

The CSIR also plans to use the VR-Vantage Toolkit in its UAS Systems Integration Lab to provide sensor information to evaluate the effectiveness of an UAS platform in a given scenario. These scenarios can include sensor coverage, platform stability, hardware-in-the-loop evaluation, mission planning, and possibly extending to hi-fidelity sensor modeling with the addition of the JRM Technologies SensorFX plug-in.

“MAK’s VR-Vantage makes the build versus buy decision easy. We’ve provided all the necessary tools that users need, so that all they have to do is to focus their energy on the essential customer tasks.”

~ Brett WIESNER 
Product Manager, Visualize Products, VT MAK

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research ( in South Africa performs multidisciplinary research and technological innovation with the aim of contributing to industrial development and the quality of life of the people in South Africa. With 13 specific research areas, the CSIR provides science and technology(S&T)solutions that support its various stakeholders while identifying new technologies that can be further developed in the private and public sectors for commercial and social benefit. Through its expertise in its defense, peace, safety, and security research sector, the CSIR serves as the “in-house” S&T capability of key government departments and agencies by supplying knowledge, advice, and solutions in defense and matters of national security.

VT MAK, a company of VT Systems, develops software to link, simulate and visualize the virtual world. MAK creates tools and toolkits for distributed simulations, develops PC-based military tactical and operational trainers, crafts custom solutions, and researches and develops the latest simulation technologies. The company builds commercial off the shelf simulation software that is flexible, portable and supported. MAK puts its distributed simulation expertise in each of its interoperable products, from the VR-Link networking toolkit, to VR-Forces, MAK’s computer generated forces toolkit. MAK’s worldwide customers include ITT Industries, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Thales, Tenix, Dassault, and BAE. Please visit

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