Electronic Warfare Battlelab - Antycip Simulation

Antycip Simulation Creates Electronic Warfare Battlelab for Elettronica

June 25, 2017, Antycip Simulation Italy recently completed a project with Elettronica SpA, a leader in the field of Electronic Counter-Measures (ECM), to develop an Electronic Warfare Battlelab. This is a multi-role, multi-platform, joint-forces training arena designed to conduct leading edge exercise sessions focussing on electronic warfare.

Electronic warfare (EW) refers to the ability to use the electromagnetic spectrum to sense, protect, and communicate in theatre, most notably through radar and communications. In order to gain an edge in EW, armed forces around the world are looking to better detect, understand, and respond to the use of electronic systems.

In order to maximise electronic warfare advantages, training systems are needed to simulate a tactical environment for teams to learn the tactics, techniques and procedures involved.

Inside the Battlelab, there are six intelligence stations (two electronic intelligence, one communications intelligence, and three that are reconfigurable depending on the training exercise), along with an Intercom communications system to populate audio traffic. Connected to the network are two pilot workstations and one Command & Control Student workstation. An Instructor Operator Station (IOS) serves as a supervision system and delivers visualisation and insights to instructors and observers. The IOS station works in tandem with a CGF to supply tactical scenario generation, and electromagnetic environment generation. A workstation is dedicated to visual database/3D model generation. An HLA communication infrastructure ties the entire system together.

In addition to the hardware side of the project, Antycip worked with Elettronica to determine the best software to bring the system to life, and agreed on a VT MAK suite;

  • VR-Forces to power the IOS, the CGF, and provide a 2D Map view of the simulation for the video wall.
  • VR-Engageserves as the base of the the two pilot stations. The MAK RTI serves as the backbone of the communication infrastructure. This software arrangement powers the system while retaining maximum flexibility and extensibility for future evolutions of the setup.

The resulting system is capable of training tasks at the individual level as well as complex coordination actions required of multi-echelon joint-force/multi-domain operations. This enhanced collaboration between different roles and forces creates a more nuanced and beneficial simulation.

“Antycip Simulation played a huge role in the success of this project by consulting for the software architecture definition, training Elettronica’s software developers, and helping to select the correct software products,” commented Enrico Fazio, Head of Customer Support Engineering at Elettronica. “They supported the installation and helped to integrate the Elettronica software modules. With the aid of Antycip Simulation, we chose VT MAK software because the flexibility of its COTS solutions gave us the widest range of options, making it the most appealing for our architecture.”