Applied Virtual Simulation has been awarded an A$17.9 million contract by the Australian Defence Force to deliver a suite of Common Simulation Software (CSS) and associated technologies to the Australian Army. The project, Land Simulation Core 2.0 Tranche 1, will provide the Army with a suite of CSS for use by future simulators and in simulation-based combined arms training.

Applied Virtual Simulation (AVS) Director Martin Carr says the platform will allow Army to train within an integrated virtual environment. “Land Simulation Core 2.0 will be the most comprehensive modernisation of simulation technology in the history of the Australian Army. It will be a key enabler of Army’s Future Ready Training System. The Army is making substantial investments into procuring new land combat platforms and it is essential that the training systems for these platforms are able to interoperate in order to achieve combined arms training effects. Land Simulation Core 2.0 will enable this by providing a suite of Common Simulation Software and associated applications which will provide a baseline for current and future simulators and simulation-based training systems.”

“AVS formulated our approach to delivering the CSS by selecting the best applications available from around the world including US based MAK Technologies and UK based SimCentric,” Carr said. “In addition to delivering the software applications, we will be creating hundreds of 3D models and mapping thousands of square kilometres of real-world terrain into the simulation. This will allow soldiers to train together whether they are using a simulator in a barracks environment or deployed to a field training area.”

Applied Virtual Simulation is a provider of simulation-based training technology to the Australian Army, and Carr believes it’s the agility and experience of the company that gave them the winning-edge for this contract. “What sets Applied Virtual Simulation apart is our singular focus on serving the ADF, was well as our small, agile team who bring to AVS a diverse range of skills and experiences, from former ADF personnel, to simulation industry veterans, to our engineering graduates. This allows us to be highly flexible and innovative, and we can understand Army’s training needs and quickly formulate effective solutions.”

Applied Virtual Simulation is based in the Hunter Region of NSW, Australia, a region with a reputation as having some of the best simulation capability in Australia.

“This is a bespoke industry and one that definitely flies under the radar in terms of bringing jobs and growth to the region,” Carr said. “This is a catalyst project for AVS, with significant economic benefit to the region through directly employing an additional 15 staff, as well as opportunities for SMEs to join our supply chain. Our success also has flow on benefits for the local industry by reinforcing the region’s reputation for simulation capability.”

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