System adds level of realism to training event

Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 17 was the first time the Leopard 2 Armoured Recovery Vehicle was integrated into the weapon effects simulation environment.
Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 17 was the first time the Leopard 2 Armoured Recovery Vehicle was integrated into the weapon effects simulation environment.

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By Jacob Waskow, DCSEM Communications Student

The Directorate of Combat Support Equipment Management, DCSEM, in Director General Land Equipment Program Management (DLEPM), played a key role in Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 2017 held in Wainwright, Alta. in May.

The team provided weapon effects simulation (WES) equipment that created an instrumented live simulation environment for 299 vehicles and nearly 2200 personnel. It was also the first time the Leopard 2 Armoured Recovery Vehicle was integrated into the WES environment.

DCSEM 7 (Land – Trainers, Simulators and Targetry Management) is already planning an upgrade to the WES Exercise Control (EXCON), the brains of the WES system, in time for next year’s exercise. By implementing a new data communication network and the Computer Aided Training Simulation Metrix© supporting software for the EXCON, DCSEM 7 will lay the groundwork for the future urban component of WES – the Urban Operations Training System.

“The upgrade will enable the training community to increase the number of vehicles and soldiers that are monitored,” said Jennifer Cassar, DCSEM 7. “It will also enable training events to be analyzed and replayed with greater fidelity, including three-dimensionally, as part of the after-action review process.”

Ex MAPLE RESOLVE provides a unique opportunity to see how the Canadian Army trains and demonstrates the collective efforts that are required to put together an exercise that prepares soldiers for future missions. The exercise included soldiers and airmen from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

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