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Mechanized Infantry Training

Complex training systems typically require similarly complex software and hardware configurations. MAK’s technology breaks with that sentiment, by making it easy to put together amazing training systems with simple system architectures. In this case, four different training setups are brought to life at appropriate fidelities for each player, all in one streamlined package, to yield a comprehensive Mechanized Infantry Trainer:


  • One simulation engine for all training devices and all roles
  • One Image generator for all views and all sensors
  • One simulated environment
  • One set of instructor and AAR tools

    The MAK Solution:

    VR-Vantage provides trainees with high-detail role-specific visual scenes, including scenes with high-fidelity data overlays. VR-Vantage emulates exterior camera views and 2D maps for the driver and commander, and a scope for the gunner with accurate data displays. Instructors use VR-Vantage to observe the exercise from a third-person perspective and evaluate trainees. VR-Vantage can be customized to match performance and resolution needs, and is used on a range of hardware, from lightweight laptops to complex motion-platform simulators.

    For instructors looking to control the simulation and incorporate computer-generated forces, VR-Forces is the perfect pairing for VR-Vantage. VR-Forces is a scalable simulation engine that allows instructors to populate the scene with friendly forces, hostile units, civilians, and obstacles. Instructors use VR-Forces to move units around the scene, setting up scenarios or altering a live situation in real time.

    With MAK you have choices on how to create a host vehicle simulation. For ground vehicles we’ve found Vortex, by CM Labs, to be an excellent vehicle dynamics solution. Vortex's contact dynamics simulate all the moving parts of the vehicle including the interaction with the terrain, water, obstacles, vision systems, grasping, and more. Everything from suspension travel to traction and gearing is accounted for to provide the driver with an enriching, engaging training scenario. RT Dynamics provides the flight dynamics for air vehicles, increasing realism for all maneuvers with physics-based aircraft entities. It also adds new maneuvers such as formation flight, terrain following flight, and vertical take off/landing.

    VR-TheWorld Server is a powerful web-based streaming terrain server that lets you stream in elevation, features, and imagery. It streams the terrain database to each station, giving users a synthetic environment within which to simulate.

    Both VR-Forces and VR-Vantage include MAK’s networking technology. VR-Link’s protocol independent API allows both applications to communicate through industry standard High Level Architecture (HLA) and the Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) protocols, including HLA 1.3, HLA 1516, HLA Evolved, DIS, and DIS 7. The MAK Data Logger records and plays back all the network simulation traffic for after action review and analysis. The MAK RTI (runtime infrastructure) is available when connecting to HLA federations using any of these SISO standard protocols: HLA 1.3, HLA 1516, and HLA Evolved.

    Want to learn more? Have a look at the VR-Vantage page for more information. Interested in seeing a demonstration?