VT MÄK Releases Upgraded Suite of Integrated Simulation Tools

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This suite release improves stand-alone capabilities of each product, while enabling easier system integration for customers.

VR-Forces 4.4 introduces many new features, including airspace management!

These innovations demonstrate MÄK’s commitment to their customers’ long term success in the competitive modeling, simulation & training market.

VT MÄK, (MÄK), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that it has released an update to the MÄK suite of applications and development tools, including significant improvements to VR-Forces, VR-Vantage, SensorFX, VR-Link, the MÄK RTI, and the MÄK Data Logger. These innovations demonstrate MÄK’s commitment to their customers’ long term success in the competitive modeling, simulation & training market. Notably, with the MÄK suite of simulation products, customers are provided top-notch stand-alone capabilities, which work even better together as components of an integrated system.

VR-Forces 4.4 brings new features and functionality to MÄK’s comprehensive simulation product. New simulation models and controls allow users to model a sensor’s gimbal so sensor missions have full control of where the sensors are pointing, along with a 3D view from the vantage point of the sensor; airspace management with volumetric flight corridors; suppressive fire where entities react to being fired upon; and weapon aiming to increase the fidelity of human character simulation. Even easier to use: Object Groups speed up placement of inter-relating entities; Quick Launch Toolbar allows users to configure trigger buttons; embarkation is made simpler as has the user interface, and the way VR-Forces connects to the simulation network. More ways to visualize simulations in progress: entities show the task they are executing and the route they have calculated; arrows are used to indicate when sensors make contact with other entities. More types of terrain databases: CDB can now be used as imagery and elevation inputs to MÄK’s streaming terrain; a module is available to support Bionatics’ Blueberry3D terrain; and airplanes can take off and land on procedurally generated airports anywhere in the world. This video presentation demonstrates the latest features.

VR-Vantage IG 2.1, the latest version of MÄK’s image generator, adds new capabilities while continuing to make significant improvements to visual quality, performance, and content. Supporting customers’ diverse terrain needs remains a top focus at MÄK. This release adds support for the CDB and Blueberry3D terrain formats. VR-Vantage expands procedural terrain generation capabilities to add endless vegetation and complete airports on streaming (direct from source) terrains anywhere in the world. MÄK has made numerous performance improvements to enable smooth 60 frame-per-second scenes, including caching options for streaming terrain. This version of VR-Vantage makes improvements to the general lighting, including Fresnel reflections and better SpeedTree lighting at night. High-quality models have been added, including Coast Guard boats, passenger ferries, UAVs, missile batteries, and human characters. Additional features include touchscreen support, camera vibrations for ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) simulations, and support for Microsoft Visual C++ 12. Click here for a video presentation of VR-Vantage.

SensorFX 2.1 brings several improvements to sensor simulation. Procedural imagery is now sensorized, allowing for physics-based rendering from land-use classification maps. The performance of the system is also improved, reducing the amount of time needed for switching camera modes.

VR-Link 5.2.1 is focused on accessibility and ease of use. VR-Link now supports Java and 64-bit Microsoft Visual C++ 12 in addition to C++ and C#. Customers developing federates in Java will now be able to access a substantial portion of the VR-Link libraries using efficient Java bindings. The VR-Link Code Generator creates complete extensions for any valid HLA Evolved FOM, making it easier to incorporate FOM extensions into simulators.

The MÄK RTI 4.4.2 brings significant performance increases. The RTI has significantly improved Attribute Update performance; Spatial update (the most common update in the RPR FOM) bench-marking performance has improved by 300% since 2014. MÄK RTI 4.4.2 has increased its object registration performance to over 60x its previous benchmark, making it an ideal tool for large and complex simulations. Time-managed exercises and Monte Carlo simulations benefit from MÄK RTI 4.4.2, which sends messages 9x faster.

MÄK Data Logger 5.4 pushes the limits of exercise scalability. The MÄK Data Logger is built to be much more efficient, with a significant increase in packet reading speed. This allows it to process information much more quickly, keeping the Logger up to speed in larger exercises. The GUI has also been overhauled, with a data packet view and dual timelines that provide a detailed magnification of specific segments for analysis. MÄK has also optimized the Logger to provide better initial recording response inside of more complex simulations.


VT MÄK develops software for live, virtual, and constructive simulation. Built upon a strong foundation of COTS products, MÄK delivers simulation, gaming, and networking technology in a flexible platform to meet the requirements of training system integrators, experimentation labs, and end users. MÄK’s primary users are in the aerospace and defense industries, yet their products and services can help customers anywhere modeling and simulation is needed to train, plan, analyze, experiment, prototype, and demonstrate. MÄK is dedicated to serving customers by building capable products, offering superior technical support, and innovating new ways to build, populate and view interoperable 3D simulated worlds. MÄK continues to take advantage of new technologies that further the state of simulation. MÄK’s products help users link, simulate and visualize their world. VT MÄK is a company of VT Systems. Please visit http://www.mak.com for more information.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit http://www.vt-systems.com.

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Hunter Rawley
Sr. Associate, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
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Email: hrawley(at)vt(dot)systems(dot)com

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