KONGSBERG Defence & Aerospace AS have signed a framework agreement with Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) to jointly develop simulation solutions.

The two will work on ideas for the KONGSBERG PROTECTOR family of Remote Weapon Stations and Medium Caliber Turrets.

Under the agreement, BISim will serve as KONGSBERG’s simulation provider and support KONGSBERG with its flagship products VBS3 and VBS Blue IG as well as the VBS Simulation SDK for the PROTECTOR family of products.

VBS3 provides a virtual training environment for land, air and sea training and mission rehearsal applications. It combines a content library, scenario development tools and after action review that puts trainees in a high-fidelity virtual environment. VBS Blue IG is a 3D whole-earth image generator.

BISim, a global developer of advanced military simulation and training software, will also provide training, development and professional services.

"The VBS portfolio will be an important contributor in internal development," said Arne Gjennestad, Vice President Marketing & Sales, KONGSBERG. "We are looking forward to developing our relationship with BISim in order to provide our customers with a full scale of simulation and training solutions,”

BISim has significant experience providing simulations solutions. A solution with PROTECTOR Remote Weapon System is already in use by the Swedish Armed Forces.

"Our partner, KONGSBERG, will be able to pass along cost savings as well as cutting-edge simulation capability to its customers," BISim CEO Arthur Alexion said.

The BISim agreement is the second partnership KONGSBERG, the Norwegian supplier of defence and aerospace-related systems, has announced this month.