CAMBRIDGE, Mass., 25 Jan. 2008. MÄK Technologies in Cambridge, Mass., will continue developing a simulation-supported training capability to give six U.S. Air Force Air Support Operations Center (ASOC) squadrons the capability to do mission qualification training, continuation training, and mission rehearsal whenever they have the personnel and time available.
MÄK is doing the work under terms of a U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) contract. The backbone of the system is MÄK's QuickStrike tactical desktop simulation, originally developed for AFRL Mesa. MÄK will also deliver copies of the MÄK Stealth, the company's commercial off-the-shelf 3D viewer as well as a suite of hardware.
QuickStrike is a realistic, deployable simulation environment that can support individual skill and team process training. QuickStrike can represent a range of friendly, enemy, and neutral land, maritime and air objects.
The built-in event editor provides the capability to incorporate scenario events, or "inject" into a training exercise to provide various inputs not typically portrayed by a simulation that impact military staff decisions. The training system supports individual student training and more dynamic multi-player team training events. QuickStrike is HLA compliant so it can be integrated easily with larger exercises such as those supported by the JNTC.
"Working with support from MÄK, we developed this training system over the last two years, greatly improving our ability to perform the ASOC mission," says Lt. Col. Scott Whitmore, commander of the 111th ASOC." Our recent success while deployed is a reflection of the value that this simulation-based training capability will be to other squadrons in our community as they prepare for deployments."
MÄK develops software to link, simulate, and visualize the virtual world. MÄK creates tools and toolkits for distributed simulations, develops PC-based military tactical and operational trainers, crafts custom solutions, and researches simulation technologies. For more information contact MÄK Technologies online at www.mak.com.