The FLAMES® simulation framework is at the heart of all the simulations available from Ternion. FLAMES-based simulations can model any type of system in any physical domain (land, sea, air, and space) at almost any level of fidelity and resolution imaginable. Ternion’s simulations can also support nearly any simulation requirement, and, often, a single simulation can satisfy many different requirements simultaneously.

FLAMES Simulation Framework Uses

Systems and Engineering Analysis

FLAMES’ ability to support models of almost any type of system allows Ternion’s simulations to be tailored quickly and inexpensively for most performance and effectiveness analysis tasks. FLAMES-based simulations can support high-resolution, sub-millisecond, time-step simulation; highly aggregated, multi-day analysis; multi-variable parametric trade studies; and multiple-run, Monte Carlo-type analysis. The ease with which large scenarios can be developed, managed, executed, analyzed, and visualized in 2D and 3D greatly simplifies the analyst’s job and greatly reduces the time required to complete a task.

Test and Evaluation

There are many parts of the test and evaluation process that can benefit from the features and capabilities of Ternion’s simulations. Complete test scenarios can be simulated in advance to give planners and decision makers greater insight into the test. The ability of Ternion’s simulations to support direct interfaces with real-world systems (including military C4I, surveillance, and weapon systems) allows those systems to be rigorously tested in a controlled and repeatable manner. Our simulations can also be integrated with live test range systems to augment the capabilities of the range.


Ternion’s simulations allow any simulated entity to be under the interactive control of human operators. In addition, our simulations can also interact with many types of virtual simulators and real-world command, control, communications, intelligence, and surveillance systems. These features, coupled with the ability to simulate almost any type and size of scenario, make our simulations ideal for generating the synthetic environment for nearly any type of training exercise. Existing real-world systems or virtual simulators can be connected to our simulations to allow trainees to experience an almost unlimited number of situations. Multiple, geographically dispersed systems and simulators can be connected simultaneously to train operators located all over the world.

Mission Planning and Rehearsal

A step beyond using simulation for training purposes is using simulation for planning and rehearsing actual missions. With Ternion’s simulations, this step is small and straightforward. The relatively modest level-of-effort required to add models of different types of systems allows a FLAMES-based mission planning system to be very responsive to the requirements of ever-changing situations. The rapid generation of scenarios and the automatic import of many types of scenario data allow fully interactive rehearsals of missions to be conducted within minutes of the time they are planned. The ability to realistically rehearse a mission prior to its execution can have a dramatic impact on the success of the mission, and our simulations helps make such rehearsals possible.