Exercise Vital Prospect 14 Demonstrates Firsts for ADSTC

The Australian Defence Simulation and Training Centre (ADSTC), and Calytrix as its Prime Technical Contractor, are delivering the Australian Defence Force’s largest and most complex simulation supported exercise to date; Exercise Vital Prospect 2014 (VP14). Calytrix has over 30 staff supporting the exercise at Enoggera Army Base in Brisbane and at the ADSTC facility in Canberra.


Calytrix personnel manning the ADSTC’s Deployable Exercise Control Centre (DECC) in preparation for VP14.
Calytrix personnel manning the ADSTC’s Deployable Exercise Control Centre (DECC) in preparation for VP14.


VP14 is a Chief of Defence Force directed intelligence-led and simulation-enabled exercise. The technical solution for VP14 connects over 15 simulation, Command & Control (C2) and Defence messaging systems and reflects an emphasis on using simulation to stimulate real world C2 systems which includes:

  • Generation of intelligence feeds from the simulation federation utilising the Air and Space Collaborative Environment Information Operations Suite (ACE-OIS),
  • The connection of ACE-IOS to Defence C2 systems. This includes GALELITE, the first time this system is being used by the training audience in a HQ certification,
  • Radiant Mercury to provide a cross domain solution, and to edit data as it passes to a classified network
  • The Joint Range Extension (JRE) to provide a Link feed from simulation to C2 systems,
  • A comprehensive Link picture to the Brigade Air Liaison Officer (BALO) supported by advanced radio to synthetic communications interfaces,
  • Direct inputs from the simulation federation to the Mercury Messaging system, and
  • An HLA federation interconnecting JCATS (Land) with JSAF (Sea & Air) as well as ACE-IOS and the Multiple Unified Simulation Environment (MUSE), using the JRE, the Joint Simulation Bus (JBUS) and Joint Exercise Control Suite (JECS).
  • The deployment of the Joint Training Data Services (JTDS) system which has been used to develop, store and distribute entities across multiple simulation systems; ensuring re-use and cataloguing for future exercises as well as support to rapid scenario generation.

The simulation and C2 federation will be supported by personnel and systems to manage the exercise design, planning and execution with Calytrix Operations Staff working alongside their uniformed counterparts and providing dedicated system training prior to the exercise start. This includes deployment of the Joint Master Scenario Event List (JMSEL) system for the first time on such a scale within Australia.

The exercise will also feature an advanced communications environment through the use of Calytrix’s CNR-Sim and CNR-Live. CNR-Live will provide an interface between military radio nets and the simulated communications environment developed for the exercise.

For more information, please contact: info@calytrix.com