Rheinmetall at ILA 2012

The prestigious Berlin Air Show, or ILA, takes place 11-16 September at the Berlin ExpoCenter Airport. Rheinmetall will be on hand again this year too.

For over 35 years, Rheinmetall has been supplying the world’s armies, air forces and navies with increasingly sophisticated simulation and training equipment. With over 2,000 systems in service worldwide, Rheinmetall offers an array of products ranging from inexpensive desktop computer training systems to highly advanced full mission simulators for surface combatants, submarines, ground vehicle and airborne systems.

At Stand 3637/3638 in the Helicenter in Hall 3, the Düsseldorf-based Group is showcasing its Advanced Network Trainer (ANTares) mobile tactical training system under the rubric of the Helicopter Training Alliance (HTA). Housed in a 20-foot container, this versatile and flexibly deployable simulation system helps soldiers get ready for their missions, creating a challenging, highly realistic operating environment.

Along with crew coordination training, ANTares can be used to prepare entire units for deployed missions – even in the area of operations. Potential applications are by no means limited to flight simulations. From transport helicopters and UAV ground control stations to main battle tanks and frigates, Rheinmetall’s modular cubicle concept enables networked joint tactical training of ground, air and naval forces, drawing on a vast variety of state-of-the-art weapons system simulations. The simulation cubicles can be freely configured as a plug-and-play unit in containers; together they form the highly mobile ANTares training system. The ANTares containers can be transported to the area of operations by road, rail, air or sea.

The system also takes into account the need for an up-to-date database for effective mission rehearsal. Exploiting the latest reconnaissance data, the intelligent workflow of Rheinmetall’s Rapid Generation Database automatically creates the required 3-D virtual world in a matter of hours.

The advanced system design of the ANTares significantly reduces its lifecycle costs owing to systematic use of commercial off-the-shelf components, combining sensibly priced, flexibly configurable, requirement-oriented simulation with forward-looking expandability due to standard interfaces.

Source: Rheinmetall AG
Date: Sep 5, 2012