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ARA Named in the 2012 Military Training Technology Top 100 List

October 2012

Applied Research Associates has been named a Military Training Technology Top 100 Company for its Virtual Heroes training software for the third consecutive year (2010, 2011 and 2012). Virtual Heroes is a division of ARA, and the annual MT2 list of top 100 companies includes companies whose contributions to the military training industry have been widely recognized.

They may have contributed in a variety of areas, including live training, distance learning, information retention, gaming, simulators and database modeling. They may also have been dealing with targets and ranges, embedded training or visual systems. They must have contributed significantly to military training in the concerned fiscal year.

The list includes companies from different parts of the world involved in any military training component using a variety of services and technologies.

The products and services from the listed companies help the U.S. soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and coast guards to get ready for deployment at their respective home stations or rehearse and train for missions in theater. Drawing from almost a decade of experience with Unreal Engine technology, Virtual Heroes develops simulations, serious games and virtual worlds that establish industry benchmarks for innovation, performance and value. Previous UE3-powered projects developed by Virtual Heroes can be viewed at

In the 2012 Top 100 list, Virtual Heroes and its parent company were listed among the best Simulation & Training companies.

"When it comes to the America's troops, our number one job is to make sure they're successfully trained," said Jerry Heneghan, Director of HumanSim Product Development for ARA. "Winning this award reflects the confidence the Department of Defense has in our technology and people."

An impartial panel is responsible for selecting companies based on different criteria, such as program effectiveness, innovation and total military sales volume.

Military Training Technology is concerned with the issues relating to preparing and training the U.S. armed forces.