Date: Monday March 9, 2020 at 8:47am
Trials are set to
begin for a new virtual reality training platform for the UK Armed Forces,
built on the same gaming engine as Fortnite.
Published 6 March 2020
of Defence and Defence
and Security Accelerator
from the new virtual reality simulator.
The new platform will use the
latest advances in gaming innovation to improve training for personnel making
it more realistic, intuitive and immersive, while lowering the costs.
SimCentric, a veteran-run
software company, has been awarded £300,000 by the Defence and Security
Accelerator (DASA) to develop and trial the simulator. After initial successful
trials with the Parachute Regiment and officers at the Infantry Training
Centre, Catterick, further tests with the British Army, Royal Air Force and
Royal Marines will take place later this year.
A virtual simulator will be part
of the armed forces wider training programme, and will be used to support and
enhance real life training exercises.
Service personnel trial the new virtual reality equipment.
The simulator, which can be used
by over 30 personnel at the same time, uses intuitive gesture control designed
to match real actions on the battlefield. HD surround sound and highly
realistic visuals bring to life training scenarios tailored for VR interaction.
Rather than click a mouse while
sitting at a desk, personnel will be able to hold a ‘gun’ and crouch and crawl
when necessary, just as they would on a real-life exercise. They will be able
to practice this virtual exercise as many times as needed before going into the
field for real, preparing them more effectively for operational deployments.
Former British Army Air Corps
Officer Tom Constable is now Director of Innovation at SimCentric:
"As a veteran and
current Reservist, I’m proud to help train the armed forces of the
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
Professor Dame Angela McLean,
Chief Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Defence, 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."
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."