Generic framework provides versatility for battle simulator

A WA-based combat theatre simulations technology provider is heading to major Australian defence expo SimTecT next month with high hopes of landing a defence contract.

Advanced Weapons Systems is the only WA firm exhibiting at the expo this year and will be rubbing shoulders with industry big hitters such as Boeing and Lockheed.

Its Simulation Replay Framework software has been designed to allow theatre commanders, or those analysing military exercises, to gain a three-dimensional view of what is happening.

It is based around a Geographic Information System, so information on topographical information is factored in.

AWS managing director Jim Riley said the software framework was generic and allowed people to build a 3D world on top of it.

“This software is capable of very high speeds of animation. You can attach live feeds to it so in a combat situation a commander will know where his units are and in what sort of terrain they are operating,” Mr Riley said.

“It’s not limited to any one area of operation. It can be used for terrestrial purposes or air combat, or even in underwater situations.”

While AWS is hopeful of picking up some buyers from the SimTecT show, it is already in discussions with Australian Defence Industries.

“I had some discussions with ADI in December and I’ll be seeing them again after SimTecT,” Mr Riley said.

Such theatre simulation software is not unique. The US military has its own version of 3D software and the British and Canadian forces are believed to have purchased a two-dimensional system.

However, Mr Riley believes the 3D aspect of his system puts it beyond what the British and Canadians have, and the generic approach is superior to the US model.

“The US approach is to create software for each use,” he said.

“We’ve taken the generic approach so it should be easier to use.”

Mr Riley said his company was not interested in building specific flight or submarine simulators.

“Our game is the whole-of-theatre approach,” he said.

Mr Riley said that, while the company was chasing the military market, the product could have broader applications.

“We have an imaging engine built into this that could be used for medical purposes,” he said.

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