Metro Orlando is one of the nation’s fastest growing high tech regions and has long been recognized
as a leading center for modeling, simulation and training (MS&T). The region’s MS&T
industry has capitalized on the convergence of numerous support organizations and research
institutions, as well as community commitment and outstanding business opportunities. Below are
overviews of a sampling of MS&T companies operating in Metro Orlando:
Adacel Technologies is a leading developer of advanced simulation and control systems for aviation
and defense. The company operates in the Global Aerospace Systems market including Operational Air
Traffic Management, Airport and Air Traffic Control Training, and Airborne Vehicle Systems. Within
this market space, Adacel focuses on three converging domains: Real Time Software, Simulation and
Support, and Voice Control Technology. The company was established in 1987 and listed on the ASX in
1998. Since then, it has grown rapidly and now has operations in North America and Europe, as well
as Australia. Orlando is the home for Adacel’s North American Business Headquarters.
Advanced Interactive Systems
AIS is a leader in the development of real-time, networked, multi-participant virtual simulations.
As a recognized authority on Department of Defense (DOD) architecture requirements and standards
for simulation systems, the company’s engineering group delivers virtual simulation systems for a
wide range of military and public safety training environments.
Applied Research Associates, Inc.
ARA is an international research and engineering company recognized for
providing technically excellent solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical
sciences. They have a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil
engineering, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and
blast testing and measurement. They also provide sophisticated technical products for environmental
site characterization, pavement evaluation, and specialized robotic vehicles
AVT Simulation was founded in 1998 to provide professional engineering services and training
solutions to the simulation, training and entertainment markets. Since its inception, AVT provides
engineers to some of the top leaders in the simulation industry that include: PEOSTRI, NAVAIR,
Morgan (a Stanley Company), Rockwell Collins, Advanced Systems Technology, Lockheed Martin
Information Systems and DEI Services Corp.
DiSTI is a certified small business founded in 1994 by three faculty members of the University of
Central Florida in response to the need for distributed simulation consulting, development, and
training. DiSTI has become a global leader in the development of Human Machine Interface tools and
technology. DiSTI’s industry leading flagship product, GL Studio®, enables the development of
real-time 3D human machine interfaces for use in a variety of simulation, training, and safety
Dynamics Research Corporation
DRC has been a leader in modeling and simulation for over 20 years. A founding member of the
National Center for Simulation, DRC develops dynamic models that logically represent the actions of
simple electronic components, as well as large, complex human processes and organizations. DRC is
also an industry leader in the development of simulation-based reengineering (SBR) techniques.
Engineering & Computer Simulations
Engineering & Computer Simulations, Inc. is a software development and solutions company
located in Orlando. They provide advanced learning technology solutions to clients within the
commercial and government sector. ECS’s technology portfolio of immersive virtual worlds, serious
gaming, performance assessment, staff training, and mobile innovations offers efficiencies in
education, training and collaboration.
Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC)
ETC is a global company with offices and affiliates in many countries. Their corporate headquarters
is based in Southampton, Pennsylvania, and their ADMS Innovation Center is located in Orlando. ETC
has been committed to providing customized top class simulation and equipment solutions for
government agencies and emergency responders since its inception in 1969 – specializing in
simulating authentic environments in products such as disaster management simulation systems,
aircrew training systems and entertainment systems. Example products are flight simulators,
training simulators, flight centrifuges, hyperbaric chambers, sterilization equipment, the National
AeroSpace Training and Research Center (NASTAR Center) and the Advanced Disaster Management
Indra Systems, Inc.
Indra is a leading provider of automated test equipment and simulation and training solutions for
air, land, and sea platforms for both military and commercial applications. In addition, the
company provides on-site engineering, technical, and logistics services to a wide range of domestic
and international customers. Indra serves a wide customer base, including the U.S. Department of
Defense and aircraft manufacturers, and is available through several existing government contract
vehicles, including STOC II, TSC II, and Seaport-e.
Based in Winter Park, FL, Indra Systems Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Indra Sistemas, S.A., a
$3.5B international defense and information technology company.
JHT Incorporated is a privately held company headquartered in Orlando providing services in
Training (computer and web-based instruction, desktop simulations), Technical Data Management,
Environmental and Marine Sciences, Management and Operations Support, and Construction. JHT began
as a small business in 1990 dedicated to developing training programs for the Department of Defense
and affiliated agencies. Since that time, JHT has expanded their services and grown to more than
400 employees located in 30 states.
Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs 118,000 people worldwide and is
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment
of advanced technology systems, products and services. Two Lockheed Martin businesses – Missiles
and Fire Control, Mission Systems and Training – as well as the corporation’s internal business
services division, employ more than 7,000 people in the region and manage billions of dollars worth
of defense contracts.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative
systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and
technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Northrop Grumman has four offices located across the region, with more than 1000 local employees.
Orlando-based customers include the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and
Instrumentation; the Navy’s NAVAIR Training Systems Command; the Marine Corps’ Program Manager
Training Systems; and the Air Force’s Agency for Modeling and Simulation.
Saab Training USA
Saab Training USA develops, manufactures and supports world-leading systems and services for the
U.S. Military, Foreign Military Sales, Homeland Defense and other defense applications. Saab’s
systems are modular and scalable, mobile or stationary, and can be customized for any training
requirement – from the needs of the individual war fighter up to the highest tactical level.
Solutions cover everything from basic gunnery and skills training to tactical training in
instrumented combat training facilities.
Science Applications International
Based in McLean, VA, SAIC employs 45,000 worldwide and is the world’s largest, employee-owned
research and engineering company providing information technology, systems integration and
eSolutions to commercial and government customers. The company’s engineering focus has been solving
complex technical issues in:
- Homeland security
SAIC’s Orlando unit employs more than 400 engineers, programmers, and other support worker in
defense training technology and is responsible for the design and implementation of constructive
domain systems, which include automated simulations representing the actions of people and systems
within the simulation. Recently, the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and
Instrumentation (PEO STRI) awarded the company a 28-month contract worth up to $12 million. Under
the contract, work will mostly be performed by SAIC’s Orlando operation.
SIMETRI, Inc. is a leading technology firm based in Winter Park, Florida leveraging over a decade
of experience in research, development, and engineering capabilities. Their strong
foundation, past performance and growing customer base offers clients a stellar technology
portfolio. Recently, SIMETRI opened its doors to a full production lab for developing products for
medical training. SIMETRI was founded in 1997, and is a woman-owned, minority-owned small
business that is process driven, customer focused, and committed to results.
Wyle is a leading provider of high tech aerospace engineering and information technology services
to the federal government on long-term outsourcing contracts. The company also provides: biomedical
and engineering services for NASA’s human space missions; testing and evaluation of aircraft,
weapon systems, networks, and other government assets; and engineering services to the aerospace,
defense, and nuclear power industries. The company is headquartered in El Segundo, CA and employs
approximately 4,800 employees at more than 40 facilities nationwide, including an office in
ZelTech Training Solutions,
ZelTech Training Solutions, LLC is an Orlando/Winter Park-based training simulation company that
rapidly produces innovative, cost-effective solutions for constantly evolving military training
requirements.ZelTech's mission is to deliver robust solutions for hard to solve problems by
inventing and re-engineering technology to meet current and future live simulation and training
device/systems. A spin-off of Virginia-based Zel Technologies, ZelTech Training Solutions is a
paper-to-prototype to full production company, focused on customized solutions based on each
client's unique needs and requirements.