VTK 6.9 Release

VTK 6.9 Release

VTK 6.9 Release

DSIAC is now pleased to offer Vulnerability Toolkit, version 6.9.  This software package includes the latest version of the Computation of Vulnerable Area Tool (COVART), version 6.9, as well as a suite of other software tools beneficial to the vulnerability modeler.


COVART 6.9 provides a number of additional features and addresses a number of Software Change Requests (SCRs).  Some of the more notable changes include:

  1. Updated ProjPen library capable of processing penetration using six degrees of freedom
  2. Updated FASTGEN library with changes to employ multi-threading and parallelization to improve runtimes 10-30% for studies employing large geometries
  3. Updated Calculation of Damage (COD) library that better encapsulates COVART component damage calculations
  4. Resolution of 15 COVART SCRs
  5. Resolution of 2 FASTGEN SCRs

This version of COVART uses a number of loadable libraries (or shared objects) to perform many functions.  Here is the current list of libraries integrated into COVART 6.9:

  • Ray Tracing
    • FASTGEN 7.2
    • BRL-CAD (librt) 7.24.4
  • Penetration
    • ProjPen 3.0
    • FATEPEN 3.3.18
    • SCJPen 1.1.0
  • Damage
    • FLASH 3.0
    • IGNITE 1.1.0
    • COD 1.0
  • Fault Tree, Pk/d, and Total Target Results
    • VulnArea 6.1.0

COVART 6.9 includes executables that run under Windows and the Red Hat family of Linux operating systems.  The Vulnerability Toolkit provides 32-bit and 64-bit COVART executables for Windows and 32-bit and 64-bit executables for Linux.

Two special notes are needed for this release of the Vulnerability Toolkit and COVART:

  1. FASTGEN binary target files generated by versions of COVART earlier than 6.8 will not work with FASTGEN 7.2.  As a result, the user will likely need to remove any existing binary target files and allow COVART 6.9 to create new files compatible with FASTGEN 7.2.
  2. API threat files delivered with COVART 6.6 will work with COVART 6.9, but API threat files for versions earlier than 6.6 will not work with COVART 6.9.  The user must use the API threat files from the latest version of Pedigree (dated 2017).  Any user desiring to create new threats should start with an existing file with a compatible incendiary functioning model (7.62mm, 12.7mm, 14.5mm, or 23mm) and adjust the physical threat parameters to reflect the projectile of interest.  While COVART 6.9 supports the new threat file formats.  However, this version also maintains support for threat files in the legacy format.
  3. Users should note that COVART 6.9 will be the last version with functioning legacy modes (FASTGEN and COVART).  The legacy modes will be disabled in COVART 7.0 and fully removed in COVART 7.1.

For any questions about the Vulnerability Toolkit or COVART, please contact Mr. Rodney Stewart, the Model Manager.  His POC information is listed below:


Mr. Rodney Stewart


1970 Monahan Way, Building 11A, Room 18V

Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433

PH: (937)904-7061

Email:  Rodney.stewart.6@us.af.mil