VR the fu­ture of Army train­ing

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by CHARLES WADE-PALMER

THE Bri­tish Army is to use vir­tual re­al­ity to pre­pare sol­diers for war.

Troops will wear VR head­sets and re­act to com­bat sce­nar­ios.

The tech­nol­ogy sets a life-like scene for sol­diers who can in­ter­act with of­ten dan­ger­ous sur­round­ings from the safety of a sim­u­la­tor.

The tech­nol­ogy will be in­tro­duced at the Min­istry of De­fence’s An­dover base in Hamp­shire.

VR, which is al­ready be­ing em­ployed by the US mil­i­tary, helps to cut the cost of train­ing by re­duc­ing the need for ex­pen­sive ex­er­cises, ve­hi­cles and in­struc­tors.

De­spite its £40mil­lion price tag, US mil­i­tary bosses say con­trol­ling sce­nar­ios at the touch of a but­ton has brought down costs sig­nif­i­cantly.

A US Army spokesman said: “One of the ben­e­fits of this tech­nol­ogy is that it can be used any­where, mak­ing it eas­ier to con­duct ef­fec­tive train­ing in a shorter time frame and in mul­ti­ple set­tings.”

As well as com­bat train­ing, sol­diers can also learn med­i­cal skills and how to drive mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles us­ing VR.

MoD chiefs are con­fi­dent it will re­duce the num­ber of deaths which oc­cur dur­ing train­ing.

A wor­ry­ing 96 per­son­nel died dur­ing train­ing or on ex­er­cises be­tween the start of Jan­uary 2000 and the end of Fe­bru­ary this year. The Bri­tish Army has al­ready had suc­cess with VR, which it used in a re­cruit­ment drive last year.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic were given the chance to re­ceive train­ing, with head­sets sim­u­lat­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of driv­ing a tank.

Ap­pli­ca­tions to join the forces sub­se­quently jumped 66%.

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