Army Tests Virtual Reality Technology

Posted on February 4, 2019

A software developer’s been given a £1million contract to explore how virtual reality can be integrated into soldier training. The Virtual Reality in Land Training pilot has been created by Bohemia Interactive Simulations, a global developer of military and training software.  The aim is to enable troops to experience a wide range of hostile simulated scenarios that aren’t easy to recreate on a training ground.

Alongside high-resolution virtual reality headsets, mixed reality will allow soldiers to interact with objects and avatar customisation, which can replicate faces and body shapes so users can recognise fellow soldiers. The contract was awarded through the £800million Defence Innovation Fund, which is aimed at helping develop cutting-edge ideas to benefit frontline services.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Our Armed Forces have always embraced innovation and continue to push the boundaries of technological advancement.”

The system will be able to place troops in the middle of an urban firefight, intense crowd control situation or within a building filled with enemy soldiers. They will also have the chance to re-run, analyse and demonstrate the most effective approaches to real-life challenges.

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