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I/ITSEC 2016: MASA secures DST Group contract

21st November 2016 - 12:00 by Trevor Nash in Paris

I/ITSEC 2016: MASA secures DST Group contract

The Australian Government’s Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) has brought two MASA SWORD licences for use within its Land Capability Branch of the Joint Operations and Analysis Division.

The division develops ‘computational tools and techniques for use by multidisciplinary teams involved in land force analysis'.

'We draw on strong collaboration with our clients, industry, academia and international d.efence partners to maintain a world-class military experimentation capability. Australia's DST Group [has invested] in MASA SWORD to simulate complex operational research scenarios,’ the division said on its website.

The Land Capability Analysis branch of Joint and Operations Analysis Division supports the development of the ADF's land capability through the use of mathematical modelling, military experimentation and judgement based analysis.

Within the division, the Land Simulation, Experimentation and Wargaming group is responsible for the design, conduct and analysis of live, virtual and constructive simulation-based experimentation that supports the land force.

The AI-based SWORD simulation software provides constructive training and analysis solutions for both military and emergency management domains.

During I/ITSEC 2016 in Orlando, Paris-based MASA will be highlighting the latest version of the modular SWORD system that has now been aggregated down to battalion level.

Enrico Raue, new markets and sales manager at MASA, said: ‘We are delighted that DST Group has chosen a system that now sees SWORD used to study and analyse different military scenarios. SWORD is a versatile tool already in use successfully in military training as well as in civil emergency applications, such as flooding and counter terrorism training.

‘Increasingly, we are beginning to see SWORD used in defence experimental and research environments, and this a natural step towards the broader application of the advanced capabilities of the software.’

For more from I/ITSEC 2016, see our dedicated news page.

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