Gun Control for VBE-E: User Guide and Technical Description


  1. Wentzell , T.E.
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Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
This paper describes the gun control interface that was added to the Horizon 3 Command and Control (C2) framework, a central component of the distributed experimentation environment used by the Virtual Combat System (VCS) Group at Defence R&D Canada – Atlantic (DRDC Atlantic), for Virtual Battle Experiment – Echo (VBE-E). This interface, in the form of a Horizon plug-in, allows the operator to identify which targets are within firing range, assign targets to the gun, fire the gun, and monitor ammunition inventory. The plug-in was developed with a 76mm gun in mind, to support the requirements of the Technical Cooperation Program’s (TTCP) Maritime Systems Group Technical Panel – 1’s (MAR TP-1) VBE-E, which took place in October 2006. The paper is divided into three main sections. The first section describes what an operator using the plug-in needs to know about the interface. The second section is for the scenario developer who wishes to configure an instance of Horizon and an existing Virtual Maritime Systems Architecture (VMSA) federation to include one or more gun controllers. The third section deals with the High Level Architecture (HLA) details of the interface and how it interacts with a gun federate that models the gun itself and the resulting detonations. While any gun model could conceivably be modified to be a VMSA gun federate and communicate with the gun controller, a gun federate was also developed for VBE-E, and it is this federate that will be referred

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DRDC-ATLANTIC-TM-2006-245 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Nov 2006
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