Defence Simulation Centre

The Defence Simulation Centre (DSC) provides a focal point for all modelling and simulation (M&S) across Defence, directly supporting the Defence Training and Education Coherence (DTEC) approach.  

The interim version of the DSC acts as concept and assessment vehicle moving towards a full operating capability,  focusing on enabling better, more cost effective and environmentally sustainable enabling capability. 

The Interim Defence Simulation Centre (iDSC) supports the use of simulation across the Defence spectrum whether for experimentation, training, acquisition, concept development, etc.  The centre provides a single point of access for all defence M&S matters. 

Processes and benefits are captured at the iDSC for the running of a catalogue of resources for the MOD, Industry and Academia on behalf of DTEC. 

Enquiries should be made using the enquiry form.

iDSC mission 

The iDSC is to inform the design of a permanent DSC by demonstrating the benefits of: 

  • supporting the DTEC Technical Authority in ensuring technical coherence for simulation across Defence and with Allies 
  • providing M&S advice and support across the Defence community 
  • exploring the provision of common M&S services and providing access to common verified and validated M&S resources 
  • promoting reuse and interoperability across Defence (see DTEC Catalogue below)

For more information, please download an information leaflet

The DTEC catalogue

Work has commenced on an interactive DTEC catalogue that will act as a registry providing details of M&S resources available for reuse across Defence. The current (non-interactive) version comprises the following:

Part 1 - reuse

Data repository:

  • Virtual BattleSpace (VBS) v2 compiled virtual terrains (databases);
  • 3D models for which the MOD has reuse rights;

Software Resources:

  •  a listing of TES software resources available for reuse that includes computer generated forces, simulated communications, training need analysis and exercise management software;

Hardware Resources:

  •  a listing of TES hardware resources available for reuse;

Part 2 - Reference



  • the DTEC M&S Standards Profile (DMSP). The purpose of the DMSP is to identify DTEC preferred M&S standards and to describe the importance of, and guidance in the selection of, such standards across Defence. The DMSP is covered by Def Stan 03-50;
  • the UK Simulation Enumeration Register. This is the list of current simulation interoperability enumerations administered by iDSC on behalf of DTEC. In order to add or make changes to this register, please see the DTEC Enumerations Policy.


  •  a listing of Subject Matter Experts;

Research and Official Studies:

  •   a DTEC listing of abstracts of M&S related research and other official studies that have been conducted on behalf of Defence;

Part 3 – Software Applications:


Note: whilst the DTEC catalogue is being developed, for access to any of the content listed in the above, or any TES queries not currently listed, please contact iDSC directly. More information can also be found on the DTEC web page.

Further information about MOD research programmes

Above and beyond the abstract listing provided above, greater detail about research reports can be found on Athena. This system is funded by Defence to make MOD-sponsored scientific and technical research reports available to the wider defence community by collecting and storing them in a central repository. For more information on this, please contact iDSC using the enquiry form.

Threat Modelling and Analysis Program (TMAP)

The Defence Intelligence Air and Space Mission Team are able to provide Threat Modelling and Analysis Program (TMAP) models to UK Defence customers that represent the endorsed capability assessment of air domain threat systems.     

Although primarily intended to support intelligence assessments, TMAP models can be coded out into C++ and integrated into both Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) and Higher Level Architecture (HLA) distributed simulation architectures.  

DSC Industry Advisory Group (DIAG)

The DIAG supports the objective of DTEC to establish an effective and capable DSC by providing a mechanism for knowledgeable and representative engagement with industry and academia at all effective levels.

DIAG membership is open to all industry and academic organisations having specific interest, skills and capability to contribute to the effective design and delivery of the DSC. The DIAG seeks to include representation from subject matter experts, research and development organisations, education and training service and product suppliers. 

Enquiries should be made using the enquiry form