Kongsberg Digital launched the new K-Sim Tactical Boat Handling and Firing Simulator solution at its UC 2018 Maritime Simulation User Conference in Tromsø, Norway. While delivering a realistic and immersive simulated environment to effectively train crews on boat handling and fast interception operations, together with weapon engagements, the simulator is able to provide trainees with the perception of operating in a highly realistic environment.

The simulator design comprises an advanced motion system scaled to realistically simulate the operating environment and boat-type characteristics at various speed ranges and sea states. To create the perception of operating in an actual environment, the simulator is equipped with a low radius, 270-degree cylindrical visual projection system, designed with a larger vertical field of view to improve the visual experience through the motion envelope. The bridge layout can also be designed to replicate the on-board operator positions and configured specificcally to the boat type with the possibility to integrate real controllers, indicators and displays.

The simulator solution utilizes K-Sim Navigation’s advanced physics engine and hydrodynamic vessel modelling capabilities to simulate high-speed vessels, and makes them behave very close to how they would in real life. The Tactical Boat Handling and Firing Simulator can be delivered with generic fast-craft hydrodynamic models, as well as with KONGSBERG’s custom made models. These models are developed from recorded vessel performance data and validated against real vessel behavior. K-Sim’s physics engine, offering advanced hydrodynamic modelling, allows for realistic and accurate simulation of the boat’s behavior, wave interaction, stern wave effects and impact on other vessels/objects.

The solution can also include weapons training capabilities, for multiple weapons types, integrated into the simulator. This creates an extremely realistic simulated environment to effectively train the boat crew in not only boat handling and high-speed navigation, but also allowing for highly realistic and full-scale tactical training together with weapon engagement. This means that the customer will be provided with the possibility to train all on-board crew functions in the full range of operational scenarios within their mission portfolio.

“We are excited to launch our K-Sim Tactical Boat Handling and Firing Simulator concept at UC 2018,” says Kongsberg Digital’s Sr. Vice President, Tone-Merete Hansen. “It is a unique new tool for building competence and ensuring safety during particularly hazardous operations, and its introduction reflects Kongsberg Digital’s ability to develop advanced systems that improve training and meet the changing needs of diverse users, from naval and coast guard through to commercial shipping and offshore.”

“High-speed tactical boat operations are associated with significant occupational risk, and combined with the complex operating environment in modern naval warfare and law enforcement, there is definitely a need for the safe, effective, realistic and cost efficient training solution that KONGSBERG can now offer,” adds Kongsberg Digital’s Vice President of Business Development, Lars Klemmetsby. “Its effectiveness has already been recognized by a major maritime organization and we are looking forward to delivering our first reference facility with them in (the) near future.”