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Naval Air Warfare Center Chooses VT MAK's Products to Support Unmanned Systems and Autonomy Research at the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL)

MAK products key to a research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) environment to expand role of Human-Machine Interface (HMI) automation in unmanned systems

Cambridge, Mass., July 15, 2013 - VT MAK (MAK), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) has selected MAK’s link, simulation, and visualization products for the HCIL’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Human-Computer Interaction RDT&E Environment for Autonomy Integration. The MAK suite of tools includes VR-Forces, B-HAVE, VR-Vantage, VR-Link, the MAK RTI, and the MAK Data Logger.

MAK products provide the robust M&S environment and scenario-creation capability required for the lab’s UAS mission simulations. VR-Forces is the engine for flexible scenario generation and implements semi-automated forces, such as soldiers, vehicles, and aircraft; B-HAVE, a module for VR-Forces, enables users to create complex “Patterns of Life,” that allow the semi-automated forces to follow context-sensitive patterns, providing more complex and realistic behaviors. VR-Vantage, MAK’s visualization solution, drives the tactical displays and simulates electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) sensor feeds. VR-Link and the MAK RTI distribute mission simulations across networks and the MAK Data Logger captures measures of performance (MOPs) and measures of effectiveness (MOEs) for analysis and design evaluation. The MAK tools are open architecture, come with a perpetual license, and allow for a high-degree of extensibility.

The goal of the UAS HCI RDT&E Environment for Autonomy Integration is to assess and compare man-machine performance for developmental, autonomy-enhanced UAS HMIs in various mission scenarios, including surveillance, maritime patrol, battle management, and penetrating strike profiles. The project aims to establish a flexible partnership between the operator and the intelligent system that leverages the strengths of each to enhance the total system capability. This will ultimately expand the role of automation to reduce operator workload and minimize crew complement, to control unmanned vehicles, to broaden mission capabilities for future requirements, and to improve decision-making in the initial stages of the system development life cycle.

“MAK is pleased to add NAWCAD to the list of companies that have found our flexible simulation and interoperability tools to be enablers for their RDT&E projects.”
~Jim KOGLER
Director of COTS Products, VT MAK

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The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) is one of two product centers within the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). NAVAIR, working with industry, delivers high quality, affordable products and support to the operating forces. Products and services include: aircraft, avionics, air-launched weapons, electronic warfare systems, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, launch and arresting gear, training equipment and facilities, and all other equipment related to Navy and Marine Corps air power. NAVAIR provides total life cycle support of all naval aviation weapon systems including research, design, development, and engineering; acquisition; test and evaluation; training facilities and equipment; repair and modification; and in-service engineering and logistics support. As one of the three principal stakeholders in the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE), NAVAIR is responsible for development, acquisition, and life-cycle management for aviation systems.

VT MAK develops software for distributed simulation. Leveraging a strong foundation of COTS software products, MAK works with customers to build and populate compelling 3D simulated environments. Our primary users are in the aerospace, defense, and transportation industries, 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 to serving our customers by building flexible products, offering superior technical support, and innovating new ways to build, populate and view interoperable 3D simulated worlds. MAK continues to take advantage of new technologies that further the state of simulation. Our products help users link, simulate and visualize their world. 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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