Antycip Simulation – a European provider of COTS simulation software and a virtual reality & 3D immersive solutions integrator – played a major role, alongside Naval Group, a specialist in naval defence, in upgrading the Marine Nationale’s (French Navy) ship defence simulators (SIMDAV) in the naval ports of Toulon and Brest (France).

With these two new simulators, the French Navy can create intervention scenarios in an immersive environment, allowing personnel to train and practice shipboard defence against any kind of threat. The simulators also help evaluate the chain of command, and the response process to interventions, helping ship board personnel, at all levels, to better identify, classify and react appropriately to threats.

After selecting VT MAK’s CGF platform, VR-Forces (for animation and scenarios), and VR-Vantage (for 3D visualisation) simulation software, Naval Group had Antycip Simulation adapt the software to the specific operational needs of the French Navy, as well as the design and implementation of the projection system for the immersive training environment. Now, defence personnel can train in front of a 270° curved image projected onto a 16m wide dome.

An essential requirement for the simulators was to allow users to detect and recognise moving objects (planes, helicopters, ships, etc.) from a large distance – made possible by the projectors’ high resolution (2560 x 1600 pixels). The simulation also shows infrared and image intensification images, allowing users to also be trained in night time and low light operations.

Antycip Simulation also provided COTS 3D content for the terrain and vehicles (air, land and sea).