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Intific to build DARPA virtual test bed

8th July 2015 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Intific, a subsidiary of Cubic Global Defense, has been selected to develop a virtual test bed for the tactical technology office of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). 

The test bed will be used as a realistic virtual training environment for evaluating the technologies developed under DARPA's Squad X Core Technologies (SXCT) programme. It will also be used to test systems and concepts to support capability and combat developers, and support research and development programmes.

The award is for a first phase prototype. If selected for future phase options, capabilities, gamification features and scalability will be built-in. The complete project has a possible value of over $5 million in 33 months.

The test bed will use first-person gaming engine innovations and add defence-specific technology-generation and scenario-generation systems. It could be used for developing concepts, testing and procuring next-generation infantry equipment, including sensors, unmanned vehicles and weapons. The test bed is expected to deploy by the final quarter of 2017.

Bill Toti, president, Cubic Global Defense, said: 'Our designers, engineers and researchers at Intific have a proven track record of developing realistic high-end immersive simulations for the military. We are honoured to be selected by DARPA to provide a virtual test bed that aims to leverage advancements in game engines to take testing and concept development to the next level.'

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