Cubic Global Defense's subsidiary Intific has received a contract from the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a virtual test bed for the agency's Tactical Technology Office (TTO).
The virtual test bed aims to provide a realistic virtual training environment to test squad-level-focused technologies that will be developed under DARPA's Squad X Core Technologies (SXCT) programme.
Under the first phase of the contract, which includes options, Intific will develop a prototype / proof of concept of the virtual test bed.
After successful completion of the first phase, Intific will build in gamification features, increased capabilities, and scalability as part of subsequent options, if exercised.
The overall effort has a maximum potential value of more than $5m over the next 33 months.
Cubic Global Defense president Bill Toti said: "Our designers, engineers, and researchers at Intific have a proven track record of developing realistic high-end immersive simulations for the military.
"We are honoured to be selected by DARPA to provide a virtual test bed that aims to leverage advancements in game engines to take testing and concept development to the next level."
The test bed is expected to facilitate a cost-efficient means for evaluation of concepts and systems in order to support combat and capability developers, while also assisting support research and development programmes.
Capable of adapting the latest innovations in first-person gaming engines, the test bed would also add defence-specific scenario and technology-generation systems, enabling users to quickly and precisely build new virtual equipment and test capabilities and tactics in order to perform rapid assessments and validations.
Additionally, the platform would amplify opportunities for concept development, testing and procurement of next-generation infantry equipment, including weapons, sensors, and unmanned vehicles.
As a concept testing tool, Intific team hopes to deploy new virtual test bed by fourth quarter of 2017, to support US military forces with additional possibilities to support various Department of Defense programmes in the future.