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Battle centre opens at GI

CLOSE ATTENTION: The Minister for Defence, Dr Brendan Nelson opens the Thales Australian Transformation and Innovation Centre (ATIC) at Garden Island.
CLOSE ATTENTION: The Minister for Defence, Dr Brendan Nelson opens the Thales Australian Transformation and Innovation Centre (ATIC) at Garden Island.
Photo: ABPH Paul Berry

By Michael Brooke
Volume 49, No. 6, April 20, 2006

The Minister for Defence, Dr Brendan Nelson, recently launched a new world-class battlespace transformation centre that will improve the capabilities of the “man-in-the-loop” ranging from the individual war-fighter at the tactical level to coalition planners at the operational level.

Dr Nelson said the Australian Transformational and Innovation Centre (ATIC) at Sydney’s Garden Island was important because it would help the ADF with coalition interoperability and network centric warfare.

“The ATIC will significantly enhance the capabilities of the ADF when this system-of-systems is when linked with all the other simulators we have acquired for our new platforms such as the Aussie Tiger,” he said.

He said what this means to the common soldier is that Australia’s armed forces will soon be using virtual reality in the way of sophisticated modelling and simulation to develop and integrate new technologies and war fighting concepts.

Dr Nelson said the world-class ATIC, which was developed by Thales and is operated by ADI, will provide the ADF with a simulation environment capable of incorporating thousands of individual entities from entire task forces to individual soldiers.

“The ATIC will enable the ADF to develop systems that are capable of identifying targets and moving forces to deal with threats more quickly than any potential enemy,” he said.

Dr Nelson said that the ATIC’s ability to enable collaboration and teaming by tri-service coalition forces - and at the same time incorporate real and simulated forces - makes it a truly great system.

The ATIC, which is part of a network of 12 similar centres throughout the world is based on Thales Battlespace Transformation Centre (BTC).

The Battlelab has three main goals. Its first objective is to demonstrate how the ADF’s legacy equipment can be connected into command chains.

The second goal is modelling new systems and approaches with customer participation.

Once a device or application has met its requirements, the centre’s third function is to work with customers to create new operational and training doctrine.

The ATIC’s three components also serve as preparation, virtual testing and evaluation functions.

 

 

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