Founded in 1986, Plexsys is a modelling and simulation (M&S) software company that has specialised in – Create and Control, Capture and Analysis, Communicate, and Advanced Displays.
With over thirty years’ experience of delivering live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training, readiness solutions and innovation. The company is 100% employee owned with more than 200 full-time employees plus part time consultants in nine US states and four foreign countries including the UK and Australia.
I had first come across Plexsys UK and written about the company mid-way through last year when I visited RAF Boulmer in Alnwick, Northumberland – a key station of the RAF’s Battlespace Management Force.
Importantly, PLEXSYS UK which is based at Wyboston near Bedford has been supporting the Ministry of Defence in distributed multi-international exercises since 2009, particularly with the deployment of the Advanced Simulation Combat Operations Trainer (ASCOT) in the Air Battlespace Training Centre (ABTC). Initially designed to support the Distributed Sea Air Land Trainer (DSALT) programs, ASCOT was pivotal in providing the synthetic environment facilitating an extensive range of distributed exercises. ASCOT has been the ‘Computer Generated’ Force behind the Sentry E-3D Rear Crew Trainer (RCT), providing a robust virtual environment to conduct its multi-domain training requirements.
During this week Plexsys will be demonstrating some of its latest technologies at the International Training, Technology Exhibition & Conference (IT2EC) event in Rotterdam, Netherlands – including their cutting-edge Modelling and Simulation (M&S) solutions. At its heart, Plexsys objective and commitment are aimed at elevating the warfighters LVC training and readiness capabilities.
Plexsys will highlight its expertise in live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training tools, including state-of-the-art M&S technologies supporting diverse training solutions for air, land, space and maritime platforms. Clients, potential clients and visitors will be able to engage with specialist members of the Plexsys team to discuss developments in the market and share ideas about future requirements for military training, educations and simulation.
Demonstrations will include:
Advanced Simulation Combat Operations Trainer (ASCOT) which is a highly effective real-time interactive simulation tool that enables seamless management of the entire battlespace, ranging from single ship close air support (CAS) missions to complex multi-ship Large Force Exercises and Special Operations. These facilitate the networking of multiple systems at a single site or across multiple sites globally allowing for dynamic large-scale joint and coalition exercises.
Sonomarc which is a sophisticated client-server system offering contemporary, automated, adaptable, communications capabilities and audio distribution. The aim of developing Sonomarc was to provide communications solutions that are user-friendly and cost effective. This innovative system provides the facility to integrate live, virtual and constructive communications into a single package. For simulated training or operational radio integration, Sonomarc acts as a force multiplier for communication.
Video, Audio and Data for After Action review (VADAAR2) is cutting edge software that facilitates streaming, recording and reviewing video, audio and data from any device anywhere across the world. It empowers the user to record screens and streams and to efficiently capture data. VADAAR is the preferred choice of the world’s leading military forces, emergency services and educational institutions.
Direct Link Interface (DLI) provides a comprehensive hardware and software solution for clients who require an interface between operational data link terminals and live participants. With virtual or constructive participants in a simulated virtual world.
Importantly, BAE Systems Air which is also exhibiting at IT2EC in Rotterdam has today announced that it would be strengthening the team behind its single synthetic environment Project OdySSEy with the arrival of PLEXSYS Interface Products UK Ltd.
PLEXSYS will join the next phase of development of our proof of concept, bringing together experts in simulation, supercomputing, data analytics and augmented and virtual reality to create a single synthetic environment, enabling air, land, sea, space and cyber forces to integrate and train together. PLEXSYS brings its expertise in high-fidelity synthetics as we integrate further domains to deliver a deeply immersive experience to make the training even more compelling for the end user.
Speaking at IT2EC 2023 where the company is exhibiting this week, Lucy Walton, Head of Training, BAE Systems – Air, said: “It was at ITEC in 2022 that we announced our first partnership with Hadean and in less than a year we have built a collective of agile, innovative companies which are powering our next generation training ambitions” adding that “We are thrilled to welcome PLEXSYS as the latest company to bring its unique technology to our work delivering the complex, secure, affordable and sustainable training our customers need in the virtual world. “We have merely scratched the surface of the potential benefits that Project OdySSEy will unlock when training the military forces of tomorrow, and we are excited to work with our partners and customers to realise even more.”
Sanjay Khetia, Director of PLEXSYS added that “We are excited to have the opportunity to bring our technologies and expertise to Project OdySSEy and working collaboratively with the team led by BAE Systems, to enable effective training for the current and future warfighter”.
CHW (London – 24th April 2023)
Howard Wheeldon FRAeS
Wheeldon Strategic Advisory Ltd,
M: +44 7710 779785