The news article that is in the second section of IDEF’19 Special Dossier published in the 71th issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review is now available on our website:
As the Turkish defence and aerospace sector unveils its indigenous platforms, BİTES continues to develop indigenous training and simulation, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence solutions to satisfy the requirements of these platforms. BİTES develops all of its own software infrastructure for these solutions, thus aiming to get ahead of its competitors in terms of technological depth and to eliminate external dependencies. The company came to IDEF’19 to present the augmented reality-based production, assembly and maintenance support system applications it has developed within the scope of these activities, including; the augmented reality-aided holographic application infrastructure for the command and control systems produced for ASELSAN; the augmented reality-based Production and Assembly Support System developed for Alp Aviation; the Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) Simulator; and the Virtual Maintenance Simulator (VMS) developed for the ATAK Helicopter.
BİTES also showcased at the event the augmented reality-aided maintenance application it delivered this year for the New Type Patrol Boats in the inventory of Turkish Naval Forces Command (TNFC). Developed within the scope of a technology development liability project with the support of the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), the system is a first for the TNFC. The system gives maintenance personnel access to 3D holographic guidance, through augmented reality glasses, tablets or mobile devices, related to the platform on which they will perform maintenance, and to direct necessary operations, step-by-step. The security steps and reminders provided by the system ensures that all steps in the process are performed in the correct sequence. In this way, ship maintenance personnel can repair the identified failure by simply following the instructions. If required, the opinions and advice of a specialist in a remote location can be received to direct the maintenance or repair. This means that even personnel without a sufficient level of expertise can be involved in maintenance and repair processes in the shortest possible time, without the need for training.
Developed jointly by ASELSAN and BİTES, the “Command and Control Centre of the Future” system will allow the transfer of a 3D holographic image of the battlefield to the eyes of a commander through smart glasses. After integrating glasses that produce 3D holographic images with BİTES software, users will be able to control tanks, jets and other military systems, recreated as holograms, using only hand movements and voice commands. This system will provide commanders with the opportunity to follow and personally intervene on the battlefield. This will allow them to test military tactics and strategies before launching the actual operation, and to determine the best approach to the operation in hand.
The Augmented Reality-Based Assembly Process application developed for Alp Aviation will allow the rapid and easy assembly of complex systems that are difficult to perform by following the printed documents. This solution will prevent occupational accidents and will reduce the time spent on assembly operations by overcoming the inexperience of the assembly personnel, and will pave the way for the carrying out of operations immediately, and with zero error. The assembly process can be supported through the use of a tablet or augmented reality glasses.
The UCAV Simulator developed for the BAYRAKTAR TB2 can be embedded into the ground control station of the system, allowing the ground control station to be used also for training purposes when there is no operational task. The simulator will be able to simulate all weather conditions, including icing, and will also be able to animate elements on the ground as virtual players. Since the database of the system will include the entire Turkish territory, it will be possible to animate all stages of the mission in advance.
Both the software and simulation infrastructure of the ATAK VMS, through which training in maintenance and troubleshooting can be provided, were developed by BİTES. Each stage of technician training in maintenance and troubleshooting can be reproduced with the software. The touchscreen infrastructure increases the usability and training efficiency of the system, and the company has also developed an editor that allows the rapid creation of training scenarios. The infrastructure of the ATAK VMS will be used also in other training systems.
BİTES Expands Collaborations
During IDEF’19, BİTES signed seven agreements. On the second day of the event, a cooperation agreement related to Augmented Reality-Based Maintenance Support System applications was signed between ASFAT and BİTES, and BİTES signed a further cooperation agreement related to Augmented Reality-Based Production and Assembly Support System applications with Alp Aviation on the following day.
On the final day of the event, BİTES signed the following agreements that were inked also by Dr. Celal Sami Tüfekçi, Vice President of Defence Industries, as a witness:
- a cooperation agreement with ULAK Communications and DataBoss on the use of artificial intelligence and augmented reality technologies in national broadband communication infrastructure and applications;
- a cooperation agreement with TRTEST, Leonardo and Telespazio for the development of GNSS infrastructure applications and test technologies;
- a cooperation agreement with Nurol Makina and ULAK Communications for the joint development of artificial intelligence, broadband communication and advanced driving support systems for autonomous military land vehicles;
- a cooperation agreement with FNSS and ULAK Communications for the development of augmented reality-based remote maintenance and support technologies; and
- a cooperation agreement with Vitrociset for the application of artificial intelligence technologies in logistics systems.