Missile systems manufacturer MBDA Deutschland and CAE have entered a partnership to jointly create virtual simulation environments.

The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop and deploy simulation environments for network-capable guided missiles.

During the signing ceremony, which took place at Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace (ILA 2022), the partners also planned to display concepts for user environments.

CAE Europe and Middle East region managing director Thibaut Trancart said: “Visualisation and well-founded decisions will be crucial for military success in the future.

“Our years of experience in delivering simulation training and synthetic environments, combined with MBDA’s advanced technologies and effects management in a multi-domain environment, provide our customers with safe, fast, and cost-effective training and deployment opportunities.”

As part of the agreement, the two companies will design a virtual simulation environment to facilitate real-time training, testing, mission planning, and coordination of various effectors.

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The live virtual constructive environment will help armed forces with mission planning and optimisation, and operational behaviour forecasts.

The simulation can also be used to evaluate operational deployment and allow the armed forces to adapt tactics, techniques, and procedures. 

In addition, MBDA Germany and CAE will develop necessary technologies for mission planning, collaborative algorithms, and sensor data fusion.

MBDA will provide hardware and missile algorithms for development while CAE will support the project with its expertise in complex simulators.

MBDA Deutschland Sales and Business Development director Guido Brendler said: “Virtual simulation helps to validate the operational concepts of collaborative missiles and to further develop our effectors technically.

“This is crucial against the background of constantly changing operational framework conditions.”

In a tweet, CAE said it is honoured to partner with MBDA Deutschland in supporting the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme.