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Thales invests in marine simulator development

Thales Canada reports that it is investing more than $315,000 in a new research project with Virtual Marine of Newfoundland, to improve Virtual Marine’s embedded ship simulation systems.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The project will result in the creation of a ship simulator that will be used to support advanced platform testing and integration needs for a variety of programs, designed to be flexible enough to allow for current and new ship types and equipment configurations and for use across multiple vessels and projects.

“The Ship Simulator Research project will result in a more innovative and technologically advanced ship simulator software product that will build on existing simulation technologies to enhance integration support and training options for prime defence integrators,” said Randy Billiard, chief technical officer and executive vice president, Virtual Marine.

“It will be tested by users who understand the need to properly de-risk systems for safe and full operational integration. This project will further position Virtual Marine as a leading and innovative provider of marine simulation solutions.”

The 12-month, multi-phase research project will include the participation of a graduate student from Memorial University, as well as collaborative research leveraging Thales’ software engineering expertise and capabilities in Big Data, connectivity, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity to upgrade baseline technology.

“This investment in R&D and supplier development reflects Thales’ deep commitment to innovation and digital transformation in Canada,” said Jamie Turcotte, vice president, services, Thales Canada.

”As one of its first supplier development activities under AJISS, Thales is excited by the potential for Virtual Marine’s advanced ship simulator capabilities that will help ensure that Canada’s Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessels and Joint Support Ships are mission ready where and when they are needed.”{/mprestriction}

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