06 Jan 2012

Hollywood, Calif. and Fort Sill, Okla.?Creative Technologies Inc. recently completed an equipment upgrade and relocation of training simulations and simulators in support of the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE), the Field Artillery (FA) School, and the Air Defense Artillery School (ADA), Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The project further enhanced Army training capabilities; the module relocation was completed in time for the opening of the SFC Jared C. Monti Hall Mission Simulation Center. The Joint Fires Effects Training System (JFETS) immersive modules, along with the ADA?s Engagement Control Station Simulation (ECS2) are cornerstones of the new FCoE Simulation Center. This move included the Close Air Support Module (CASM), the Urban Terrain Module (UTM) and the Adaptive Full Spectrum Module (AFSM).

The addition of the of the Call for Fire Trainer ? Augmented Virtuality (CFFT-AV) ?cube?, also delivered in time for the opening of Monti Hall, provides Soldiers realistic training incorporating real-world objects into a virtual environment to offer state-of-the-art, full spectrum supporting arms training solutions to warfighters at the center.

The work on the simulation modules involved dozens of skilled technicians, craftspeople and artists to provide truly immersive training environments. CTI President James Korris said about the project, ?We were excited to reconstitute the original team that developed the JFETS immersive modules to modify and improve them for this new, permanent installation. I am deeply grateful for everyone?s contribution.?

As part of the work, the Air Defense Artillery?s ECS2 was reconceived and designed to accept updating simulation hardware to enable a truly relevant learning aid. ?The challenge was to go from mobilization to public demonstration in only 11 weeks,? said Korris. ?This was a daunting task when one considers the number of computers, large format displays and literally miles of cabling required.?

?We wouldn?t have completed this project so successfully without the superb support and close working relationship we enjoy with the entire Fires Center of Excellence team,? said Korris. ?CTI deeply values that relationship, as we look forward to helping make the SFC Jared C. Monti Hall Simulation Center a jewel in the crown of U.S. joint training capabilities.?

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