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AeroSimulators Chooses VT MAK’s Visualization and Simulation Products to Enhance Gimbal Imaging Systems Trainer

VR-Forces’ and VR-Vantage’s sensor image generation capabilities add increased simulation fidelity to GIST product line

Cambridge, Mass., December 4, 2012 VT MAK (MAK), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that AeroSimulators has chosen VT MAK’s VR-Vantage and VR-Forces Scenario Generation Tool to enhance its Gimbal Imaging Systems Trainer (GIST) product line. AeroSimulators decided to use VT MAK’s product capabilities to provide their customers with the immediate ability to create and modify complex scenarios, as well as to increase the fidelity of the GIST sensor image generation.

AeroSimulators uses the most recent release of MAK’s Image Generation visualization product, VR-Vantage IG 1.5, with new features including Camera FX, which provides affordable, non-physics based visualization of EO, NVG, and IR scenes.* Based on JRM Technologies' sensor technologies, it models a sensor's blur, noise, and bloom. The VR-Vantage 1.5 release also includes streaming video, audio support, and tactical graphics visualization improvements.

AeroSimulators’ GIST is a complete training system solution for operators on a wide range of imaging systems, as well as integrated moving map displays. GIST can be used for standalone tactical flight officer (TFO) training or integrated into a helicopter or fixed-wing flight simulator to provide full crew resource management training. The popularity of GIST amongst the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) community has been steadily growing and with it, an increased demand for higher fidelity scenarios.

VR-Vantage IG is an image generation software solution that enables users to generate realistic 3D scenes of their simulation environment. VR-Vantage IG natively supports High Level Architecture (HLA) and Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) protocols; it can also generate scenes based directly on Computer Generated Forces (CGF) and other entity traffic already published on the distributed simulation network. VR-Vantage applications support integration with MAK’s VR-Forces scenario generation tool, which provided AeroSimulators with a simple and intuitive mechanism for generating and running high fidelity scenarios.

“We evaluated various product offerings and decided that VR-Vantage and VR-Forces provided us with a cost-effective and compelling solution to complement our existing portfolio. Both products include many features and effects that our customers have expressed interest in, and VR-Forces has proven to be an uncomplicated tool for creating distributed simulations. In short, the use of VT MAK’s suite of products has been beneficial in maximizing the training effectiveness of our GIST product line”.

~ Neil HUGHES
CEO, AeroSimulators USA

* EO, NVG, and IR: electro-optic, nigh vision goggles, and infrared

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AeroSimulators is a worldwide provider of helicopter and airplane flight simulation systems, as well as electro-optic/infrared sensor simulators and medical mission training devices. All three of these product lines can be integrated across multiple, geographically dispersed sites. AeroSimulators USA, located in Englewood, Colorado, is the U.S. affiliate of AeroSimulators Group of Sint Niklaas, Belgium. Please visit www.aerosimulators.com.

VT MAK develops software for distributed simulation. MAK’s strong foundation of COTS products help users link, simulate and visualize their world. Our primary users are in the aerospace and defense industry, yet our products and services can help customers anywhere modeling and simulation is needed to train, plan, analyze, experiment, prototype, and demonstrate. MAK is dedicated serving our customers by building flexible products, offering superior technical support, and innovating new ways to build, populate and view interoperable 3D simulated worlds. VT MAK is a company of VT Systems. Please visit www.mak.com for more information.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated 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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