UK MoD to use VBS3 software to train soldiers in virtual environment


The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected Bohemia Interactive Simulations' (BISim) Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3) software as its defence virtual simulation (DVS) solution.

The DVS solution is used as a common virtual simulation tool to provide interoperable, accessible and deployable virtual simulation capabilities across the MoD.

VBS3 is a desktop training package and simulation host based on commercial video game technology.

The simulation will allow military personnel to train for missions and practise standard operating procedures in a virtual environment.

Using VBS3, both individual and collective tasks can be conducted in a wide range of domains, such as mounted and dismounted land, naval vessels and aircraft.

"VBS3 software is exceptionally capable and fulfils a large and diverse range of our simulation requirements for individual and collective training."

UK MoD soldier training and special programmes team deputy head John Brookes said: “VBS3 software is exceptionally capable and fulfils a large and diverse range of our simulation requirements for individual and collective training, experimentation and force development.

“The software’s new role as the Defence Virtual Simulation solution means it will help the MoD realise the Defence Training & Education Coherence vision, allowing us to deliver more and better simulation to our users across the UK’s armed forces.”

The VBS3 software includes VBS Radio, which facilitates voice communications between remote users participating in training exercises, and is DIS-enabled for networked exercises.

It is currently in service with more than 30 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Sweden, Canada and the US.


Image: VBS3 includes a wide range of UK models for DVS. Photo: courtesy of Bohemia Interactive Simulations.