Virtual Clearance Training Suite (VCTS)
May 2011, the U.S. Army selected FAAC to supply its Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) / Route Clearance Unit Training Simulation Suite. The program—designated Virtual Clearance Training Suite (VCTS)—builds on the simulator technology developed for the US Army Operator Driving Simulator (USA ODS) and US Army Common Driver Trainer (CDT) programs. Key upgrades include integration of SE Core and One SAF with existing terrain and SAF databases, multiple simulated communications networks, gunner’s station, Talon IIIb station and the most advanced Instructor Operator Stations fielded to date. Fielding of the 28 suites commenced in July 2012. FAAC provides interim contractor logistics support as required.
The VCTS is a self-contained, mobile system mounted in four networked 53’ semi-trailers, scheduled for delivery to Active, Guard, and Reserve sites around the world. The suite consists of:
Trailer 1: Instructor Operator Station (IOS) / After Action Review (AAR) / Classroom
Trailer 2: 4-MPCV (Buffalo) Student Training Stations (STSs)
Trailers 3 & 4: Identical, each contains 2-MMPV (RG-31 or Panther) STSs, 2-Gunner Stations, 1-VMMD (Husky) STS, and 1-MTRS (Talon) STS
HATTIESBURG - Camp Shelby Virtual Clearance Training Suite VCTS. HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A ribbon-cutting was held Thursday for the new training facility. Soldiers can now virtually train for a mission before going overseas. Camp Shelby is the ninth training center in the nation to receive one of the 28 training suites and the only one in Mississippi. The project costs about 70 million dollars. "I can open up the IED and grab a rocket and say i want to put that right there," says Sergeant First Class Jawn Downing, who is placing an I.E.D. in the middle of a soldiers training ground to prepare them for the unknowns that lie ahead in combat. "A lot of this has come from soldiers like muyself who have been deployed." He's created 90 percent of the scenarios used in this virtual training suite. " The realism in it is as close a you're going to to get back here in the states." Downing has taken real-like experiences from soldiers in combat and turned it into a new training tactic. Soldiers can be on the battlegrounds in the middle east. "With this virtual world that we have, we can actually build that world now," says Downing. Soldiers can experience rain, snow or even being blown up by an I.E.D. "Improvised explosive devices are the biggest killer of soldiers," says Colonel Brad Smith, commander at Camp Shelby. Smith says this technology is saving the lives of soldiers. "Soldiers can actually perfect skills before they get in combat." Soldiers are given missions to complete and then later evaluated on their performance. "Mistakes are easy here, we can correct mistakes here, we can't correct mistakes there," says Smith. (Article courtesy of: Malary Pullen | WHLT)
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ODS Crew Training Cab
As an expansion of FAAC’s Operator Driving Simulator (ODS) product line, FAAC has developed a two-position crew training cab; the first variant of which supports the training of a Buffalo driver and co-driver in route clearance tasks. The crew training cab uses ODS interchangeable dash kits for both positions which allows the cab to simulate other wheeled vehicles. In the case of the Buffalo, a three-piece dash set provides the driver with vehicle instruments and controls, to include the control box for the front/rear driving assist cameras and slewable search lights. The co-driver position is provided with high-fidelity controls for the interrogator arm and arm camera control unit with integrated video display. The interrogator arm simulation is provided by FAAC’s subsidiary, Realtime Technologies Inc. (RTI), and features a physics-based model for the arm and objects it interacts with. The result is realistic interactions between the interrogator arm and objects as they are manipulated through pushing, lifting, sliding, tipping, etc… A soil surface scraping model currently simulates soil disturbance; however, FAAC has designs to enhance this capability by providing truly deformable terrain. IED scenarios involving scripted as well as autonomous entities can be developed within FAAC's geo-typical databases, representative of the Contemporary Operating Environment (COE). The high-fidelity simulation, when combined with the realism of a full crew cab maximizes a Buffalo crew’s ability to train using their actual tactics, techniques and procedures for counter-IED operations. All standard ODS configuration options are available for the crew cab.
|6-DOF Full Motion ODS Crew Training Cab||Buffalo ODS Crew Cab Training suite|
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