Minerva provides tailored robust networking solutions ranging from simple WIFI access points to more complex VPN solutions with failover capabilities. Connectivity is provided using any bearer of opportunity such as SATCOM (e.g. Inmarsat (BGAN), Eutelsat (Tooway)), 3G/4G from any telecoms provider or on-site fibre/broadband.
Networking forms the backbone of the Minerva Synthetic Wrap capabilities enabling the distribution of all data such as HLA/DIS to fulfil THUNDERBIRD and Remote Representation in remote locations.
Minerva Simulation & Training are currently developing the OPHIUS Joint Effects Simulation System. OPHIUS is designed by operationally tested Joint Fires Operators and will focus on the needs of all Joint Fires Operators. OPHIUS will incorporate both mobile & static JTAC/Joint Fires Simulators allowing the full progression of individual and collective JTAC/JFO training.
OPHIUS also incorporates the Minerva Joint Effects Trainer (MJET) which includes a multi-platform Indirect Fire Trainer and Digital Fires Emulations which will allow full digital fires in the simulated environment without the additional burden of military hardware.
The concept is simple; Fitted in the classroom environment allows new or inexperienced AFV crews to practice their skills and get used to working with each other. The system can then be vehicle mounted. The rear seats and pick-up compartment of a commercial 4x4 is temporarily configured as the turret of any AFV.
Using Challenger 2 as an example, the Gunner and Commander sit behind removable Fit, Form and Functionally correct (F3) facsimiles of the sights, optics and weapon controls. The vehicle itself is geo-referenced in the virtual environment, along with the turrets exact line of sight, thereby making THUNDERBIRD appear, and interact with, both the live and virtual worlds simultaneously in real time.