Magazine article National Defense

European Firms Unveil New Training Products

Magazine article National Defense

European Firms Unveil New Training Products

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Several companies released new simulation and training products at the loth International Training and Education Conference (ITEC), held earlier this year in The Hague, Netherlands.

"International technology development" was the dominant theme at the conference, said Rear Adm. Fred Lewis, USN (Ret.), executive director of the National Training Systems Association (NTSA).

ITEC, he explained, offers a "forum for industry and government to communicate in an academic and open conference." Exhibitors displayed an array of simulation products marketed to civilian governments and military forces worldwide.

A training and planning tool, known as the "electronic sandbox" was one of the most talked-about products at ITEC.

It is made by Satek, located near Stuttgart, Germany. This "modifiable" tactical training tool allows its users to conduct mock exercises, said a company representative. The electronic sandbox uses an overhead projector to create threedimensional terrain images onto sand. A situation control center links radios and telephones that allow the participants to interface with the sandbox. This device is used primarily as an operational training device.

Evans and Sutherland (E&S), Salt Lake City, displayed the Ensemble 3000 and the Harmony systems, which are part of E&Ss line of PC-based low- to high-end systems for military use.

The Ensemble 3000 visual system was selected for the U.K. Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (CATT) ground warfare training program by Lockheed Martin Information Systems. …

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