(October 20, 2009) -- SDS International (SDS) recently delivered twenty of its innovative, laptop-based RavenView(tm) tactical simulation training systems to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) for use in training AFSOC/Special Operations Command (SOCOM) forces. RavenView will be an integral part of the AFSOC Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) Formal Training Unit at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Students will use RavenView simulation during all phases of training to include flight, mission planning, and tactical application of the Raven, Wasp, and Puma SUAS.
RavenView(tm) training systems, delivered by SDS' Advanced Technologies Division, Orlando, Florida, represent a significantly enhanced version of SDS' Raven-B 3D viewer software originally developed in cooperation with the Air Force Research Laboratory to improve tactical simulation training for Raven-B personnel. Incorporating feedback from subject matter experts, the completely redesigned RavenView(tm) training system provides an affordable "plug-and-play" capability that significantly enhances training realism, increases training flexibility, and improves usability for Warfighters operating the OEM-provided Raven-B, Wasp and Puma simulator and associated common Ground Control Station (GCS), all while preserving existing system capabilities and operator functions.
RavenView(tm) ensures cost-effective tactical-training realism by incorporating high-fidelity visualization provided by SDS' AAcuity(tm) PC-IG and NEXWARS 3D Viewer technologies; including a variety of Open/Urban 3D terrains; and re-using existing OpenFlight and Terrapage terrains. In addition to supporting stand-alone training, RavenView(tm) provides proven DIS/HLA connectivity needed to interact with a variety of virtual (including I-FACT) and constructive simulations during locally networked or long haul Distributed Mission Training activities. RavenView(tm) also significantly improves usability by adding a GUI-based Instructor Operator Station (IOS) incorporating one-stop initialization, aircraft selection, database/camera selection and system shutdown; ground-based entity placement; RavenView(tm) generated EO/IR displays; Small Unmanned Air Vehicle (SUAV) sim controls; and PFPS/FalconView/ RPUAV software capabilities. All of these capabilities are integrated on one COTS laptop, eliminating the need for a Toughbook computer during simulation training.
RavenView(tm), which is available as a complete turnkey capability including COTS laptop and software, adds significant tactical training realism and worldwide mission rehearsal capability by allowing users to plan and execute specific SUAS Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures in highly realistic virtual environments using actual SUAV controls.
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