UK Army tests new virtual reality training platform
The British Armed Forces are set to start testing a virtual reality (VR) training platform that will feature gaming technology.
The VR simulator platform of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense (MoD) was built on the Fortnite gaming engine and will be part of a wider training program for the armed forces.
The new simulator, designed to help reduce costs, features HD surround sound, realistic visuals and intuitive gesture control.
It will be used to provide realistic, intuitive and immersive training for more than 30 staff at the same time.
In addition, the platform will allow staff to train as many times as necessary prior to their deployment.
The UK Defense and Security Accelerator (DASA) awarded the SimCentric software company £ 300,000 for the development of the system.
Parachute Regiment and officers at the Catterick Infantry Training Center have already completed initial simulator trials.
The British Army, the British Royal Air Force and the British Royal Navy will conduct additional trials with the new system later this year.
UK Ministry of Defence chief scientific advisor professor Dame Angela McLean said: “The MoD is committed to developing radical and innovative ways to combat the challenges our armed forces face today, and equip them for the threats of tomorrow.
“This new simulator is just one way we are bringing training into the next generation, using technology drawn from the world of gaming to support our troops in training.”
SimCentric Innovation director and former British Army Air Corps officer Tom Constable said: “As a veteran and current reservist, I’m proud to help train the armed forces of the future.
“I joined the British Army in 2006 and later served in Afghanistan. This gave me a passion for building technology that will reduce the risk to our armed forces and improve the quality of training, with the ultimate aim of saving lives.”