Dutch Ministry of Defence Turns to Hi-Tech Ship Simulators

Dutch Ministry of Defence Turns to Hi-Tech Ship Simulators

The Dutch Ministry of Defence plans to begin training operators of fast, small vessels using an advanced, land-based simulator. 

The new Fast Small Ship Simulator - likely to be launched in 2 years' time - will help to prepare pilots for the severe vibrations, shocks and forces of up to 9G onboard such crafts. At the moment, instructors have to spend around 1000 hours a year on these craft, putting new operators through their paces, which makes it a very time-consuming and physically demanding role. The hope is that bringing in simulators will release instructors from these demands. 

The Fast Small Ship Simulator will also provide more hands-on early training for operatives before they board real craft. The simulations will be geared specifically to the operator in a dynamic nautical setting in which broaching, slamming, surfing, planing and capsizing as well as the interaction with other vessels or objects (quay, beach, pier, jetty etc) function as the key elements of risk during the operation of small, fast manoeuvrable craft. The project to develop this simulator is unique, thanks to the  advanced technological innovations which will be needed to integrate advanced manoeuvre- and seagoing simulation technology, modern motion alignment and state-of-the-art visualisation of conditions.

This project is a joint venture between DMO, the military equipment arm of the Dutch Ministry of Defence, Dutch research institute MARIN and suppliers Cruden and Tree C Technology. The naval defence school DVS and the Surface Assault and Training Group (SATG) of the Royal Navy are participating in this project as key end-users.

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