In response to this need, in 2022 Booz Allen developed a rapid prototype of a sophisticated electronics package that enables logistics crews to train on their organic weapon system in a simulated environment. And because it is highly portable, the package—called the Modular Adaptive Synthetic Controller, or MASC—can be used anywhere, including in austere environments.
To develop the MASC, the Booz Allen team combined deep expertise in systems engineering, 3D modeling, virtual platforms, M2 gunnery requirements, and rapid prototyping. The MASC electronics package includes a microprocessor and an inertial measurement unit, or gyroscope, that acts as a motion sensor. The gyroscope is like a computer mouse—it tracks all weapon movements while the trigger, safety, and other moveable parts of the weapon are connected to sensors that register digital inputs into the microprocessor. The sensors relay those digital inputs to the MASC microprocessor either wirelessly, such as via Bluetooth, or through a wired harness, depending on the client’s requirements. The MASC then processes and analyzes the inputs from the sensors and depicts the soldier’s actions and performance on a screen, such as a TV, or through a virtual reality or augmented reality headset, depending on the client’s requirements.
Training simulations can be modified with various risk factors in an infinite variety of ways to cater to specific battlefield needs. MASC training can also incorporate infrared capabilities to accommodate nighttime training scenarios, if needed.