The Virtual Target program provides a wide array of support to the test and training Modeling and Simulation (M&S) community. Virtual Targets provides four supporting modeling and simulation components:

  • Simulation Input Generation: The Targets Generation Laboratory develops simulation inputs to support visualization, radar frequency and infrared simulations. The Target Generation Laboratory also addresses emerging simulation technologies to maintain model products suitable for simulation input, both today and in the future. 4
  • Verification and Validation: The model verification and validation process is a stringent method approved by the Army Threat Validation Working Group. Models are reviewed by this process to ensure that each model is properly constructed in accordance with (IAW) AR 5-11 and properly validated as threat representative IAW AR 73-1.
  • CAD Models: The Virtual Targets project develops high-fidelity CAD models of field equipment for use throughout the Army and DoD.
  • Distribution: The Army Model Exchange (AME) provides a distribution point for target models and Synthetic Environment (SE) Core Common Moving Models to support test and evaluation, training, modeling and simulation requirements.  The AME is also available as a model repository and distrubition service to the DoD as a whole.  It is located at

System Interdependencies


Program Status

  • FY18:
    - Virtual Targets continued to reduce the number of test range events by providing weapon system developers with simulation resources. 
    - Virtual Targets validates virtual targets and other multi-use models as required by AR 5-11 and DA PAM 73-1 for RDT&E, and transforms models into formats usable for simulations. 
    - Virtual Targets provides a single repository and supports Army users via the WWW through the Army Model Exchange, reducing duplication of effort and resulting in significant cost avoidance for the T&E and M&S Communities through Army-wide reutilization.
    - The Virtual Targets program has expanded the visual and signature model inventory to include many Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (S-UAS) variants and also foreign civilian technical vehicles, such as the Toyota Hilux.

Projected Activities

  • FY18: Continue to support multiple model development activities to several DoD organizations:
    - Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) Test Centers
    - Intelligence Centers
    - Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV)
    - Small Diameter Bomb (SDB II)
    - Joint Air to Ground Munition (JAGM)
    - Hellfire
    - Close Combat Weapons System (CCWS)
    - Counter Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)
    - PM Radars
    - Improved Fire Protection Capability (IFPC),
    - Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC)
    - Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC)
    - Counter-Rockets Artillery and Mortars (C-RAM)
    - Lower Tier Project Office – Patriot
    - Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

Foreign Military Sales



  • Signature Solutions (Huntsville, AL) (Huntsville, AL)
  • Simulation Technologies (Huntsville, AL)
  • University of Alabama Huntsville (Huntsville, AL)
  • Torch Technologies (Huntsville, AL)