Role of VR Based Simulation Training in Defence:
Virtual Reality has evolved significantly in recent years, revolutionizing training across industries. Our technical team has also identified certain benefits of VR-based simulation training in defence and military sectors in India. Despite the fact that military training is so critical, there is a lot of uncertainty and unpredictability on the battlefield. Soldiers are required to deal with high-pressure situations in a calm and composed manner. Virtual Reality training is helping the forces in bridging the training gap and providing a realistic experience for soldiers. As a result, soldiers have a better understanding of the battlefield and feel more confident when they are confronting enemies. Due to its realistic, risk-free training capabilities, virtual reality simulation technology has been a boon for the defense industry. In the future, this technology is likely to find more uses for the military and defense.
Efficacy of VR Simulation in Military Training:
It is a well-known fact that technology is critical to the effectiveness of training and Integrating new and emerging technologies promises a qualitatively superior approach to military training , making them capable of dealing with conventional and asymmetric threats. There are several military simulators and VR training solutions that are helping the military in training and skill development of their forces,
6Dof Motion Truck Driving Simulators:
Military Truck Simulator, provides a safe training environment for frontline soldiers and convoy drivers. Simulators are actual replicas of military vehicles with high definition projection systems, accurate vehicle dynamics, realistic terrain and six degrees of freedom (6DOF). Electric motion platforms provide a realistic training experience. The 6DOF full motion simulators give feedback on military vehicles and road dynamics through surge, sway, yaw, roll, pitch, and heavy motions. The simulation replicates the realistic performance of military trucks (1 tonne, 2.5 tonnes, and 5 tonnes), regular buses, fire fighting trucks, army and military tanks for training purposes. Army truck simulators allow soldiers to learn to operate ground vehicles in warfare situations without getting into a real vehicle or actual equipment
Firearm training Simulators:
Firearm training simulators in defense training are actual replicas of real-world weapons. They allow trainees to practice their shooting and marksmanship skills in a safe environment while experiencing photorealistic 3D terrain and 3D targets.
Drone Simulators Training in Defence:
Drone simulators are exactly what they sound like: they simulate the experience of flying a drone using a real drone controller and a compatible device. The majority of drone simulators work on simulation systems. When it comes to military training, a VR drone gives a real-time approach, and it is one that either streams or films this content that can be viewed in a virtual reality headset. People can fly their drones around, record what they see, and then watch them later for professional or personal reasons.
VSET (Visual Scenario Editor Tool):
(VSE) Visual Scenario Creation and Editing tool for the SVL Simulator. Each scenario corresponds to a test case. VSE focuses on quick scenario creation through visual controls while supporting custom scriptable plugins to extend the tool panels.
The Growing Popularity of VR Based Simulation Training in Defence:
The military has used computerized simulations since 1980s because it creates a controlled and safe training environment. Virtual Reality training is expanding these opportunities by taking computer-based training to the next level.
Its popularity stems primarily from its ability to provide a completely realistic, immersive experience that perfectly mimics everyday scenarios from the lives of ground troops, the air force, the navy, and special units. Virtual environments are ideal for military training. VR technology allows participants, such as soldiers, to experience specific situations in a controlled environment and under monitored conditions. It allows trainees to hone their skills and put their abilities to the test in fast-paced situations that will prepare them for combat and national defense.
Advantages of VR in defense Training:
Flight simulators have the main advantage of being quicker and cheaper than actual aircraft, especially for airborne training. Furthermore, an element of danger can be introduced into these scenarios while causing no physical harm to the trainees. Flight simulators are a popular theme in military VR training, but there are others, such as medical training (battlefield), combat training, vehicle training, and ‘boot camp.’
The nature of warfare is changing and evolving with each passing year. Training methods must keep up as military weapons become more complex and sophisticated. Armed forces across the world have used simulation technology to improve mission readiness. As technology advances, simulator solutions that can be used by India’s defense to gain an advantage over enemy troops emerge. As a result, the Indian government introduced a new simulator policy to greatly increase simulator adoption and reduce training costs. Virtual reality simulators are powerful tools for honing skills without needing heavy, expensive equipment.