Test & Evaluation Exhibits Offer Military and Industry Technologies

By Hinkle, Jeffrey J. | National Defense, May/June 1998 | Go to article overview

Test & Evaluation Exhibits Offer Military and Industry Technologies


Hinkle, Jeffrey J., National Defense


Advancements in simulation technology are helping to reduce costs and improving safety in the test and evaluation arena.

L-3 Communications Corporation, San Diego, California, recently introduced its new video communications network subsystem, or VCNS. This wireless communications system has the ability to broadcast to and from 200 parties. Not only is it capable of cross-directional video images, it also has audio and digital capabilities as well. VCNS has already proven itself useful to firefighters-enabling officials to see and judge the fire's potential from a number of vantage points at once. The video image can be slowed down in a timelapse fashion to improve assessment

L-3 communications was just one company that took advantage of the exhibition opportunities that accompanied NDIA's Operational Test and Evaluation Conference conducted recently in San Diego, California.

KPMG Peat Marwick LLP, Arlington, Virginia, offers another type of simulation to its clients. Its strategic simulation programs are games which duplicate today's competitive environment. The games create nightmare scenarios such as system failures and financial upheavals allowing clients to see how their businesses or commands would hold up under such pressure.

Those looking for a site to test munitions, warheads, mine detection or light gas gun experiments were asked to consider New Mexico Tech's energetic materials research & testing center. This 32-square mile site located near Socorro, New Mexico, offers 30 separate test sites that have aided in the evaluation of such systems as the Hawk, the Seasparrow, and the Patriot.

Officials from SURVIAC, an information anaLysis center that is the result of a partnership between the Air Force and Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Dayton, Ohio, offered a glimpse of their services. The center maintains survivability and lethality data, vulnerability statistics, and live fire test results available to its customers. The center also sponsors symposia and workshops throughout the year. …

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