LONDON — French company Masa unveiled the newest version of its constructive simulation program, Sword 5.0, which aims to increase interoperability between simulations and includes more detailed civil security missions that users have been asking for.
The new Sword is “the result of many years of modeling the doctrine into the AI engine,” said Masa CEO Juan-Pablo Torres.
Sword is used to train military command staffs to analyze situations, make decisions and give orders to troops. The technology works as a training exercise when commanders interact with soldiers one level below them, who then feed commands into the Sword system and allow the simulation to run in real- or near-real-time.
It can also be used as a decision-support tool that connects to command-and-control systems and runs real data through a simulation to predict a potential outcome.
Torres said the new version of the technology could increase productivity and bridge the gap between the training and operational sides of the military.
While civil security missions such as biological, chemical and nuclear disasters were included in earlier versions, they were not as fully developed as the ones in Sword 5.0.
“It was more of a prototype,” Torres said of the earlier versions.
The new version also has improved human factors, such as whether soldiers might feel tired, stressed or anxious. “It’s dynamic,” Torres said. “It changes with respect to the situation.”
Torres said there has been interest in Sword from three Latin American nations and an additional three in Western Europe, though he could not name them.
Sword 5.0 replaces the 4.3 version and can roll out immediately to interested parties. There will also be an automatic upgrade for users who have a maintenance agreement with the company.