Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) and blackshark.ai have partnered, and together, plan to deliver unprecedented realism in whole-Earth terrain generation by combining BISim’s Mantle ETM and blackshark.ai’s SYNTH3D geospatial solution.
The collaboration between BISim, a developer of military simulation and training software, and blackshark.ai, developer of a 3D Digital Twin of Earth and AI-based geospatial technologies, will enable customers to acquire highly accurate recreations of real-world locations for mission planning, rehearsal or training based on little more than high-resolution satellite data.
This is believed to align with NATO’s direction and global partners’ goals to accelerate defense training and simulation and improve multi-domain capabilities. BISim’s flagship product, VBS4, will be fully supported, in addition to other Mantle ETM supported runtimes including Unreal.
BISim CPO Pete Morrison said: “As we launch our partnership with blackshark.ai, we’re excited about the unprecedented quality of terrain that our customers will be able to experience. SYNTH3D paired with Mantle ETM’s support for multiple runtime engines will enable customers to leverage simulation like never before.”
Michael Putz, CEO of blackshark.ai, added: “With this partnership, any real-world location becomes available as a current and photorealistic 3D training environment. blackshark.ai and BISim are the perfect combinations for everyone looking for country-scale real-world mission planning and mission rehearsal environments.”
BISim’s Mantle ETM is a custom-built platform based on proven COTS components and expert design/development services for creating simulated terrain for training, mission rehearsal, visualization and terrain analysis. A Mantle ETM installation delivers a cloud-capable custom terrain pipeline that works with your data, processes, servers, and runtimes, integrating with your existing terrain capabilities or delivering a full end-to-end solution from scratch.
blackshark.ai’s 3D Base Globe, derived from the high-resolution and current Maxar Vivid basemap, is named SYNTH3D. blackshark.ai’s proprietary format allows storing and using the surface of the entire globe offline and using it as a multi-domain, massive multiplayer-ready synthetic training and simulation environment.