US Army engineers develop new immersive MRAP simulator
The US Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center's (AMRDEC) engineers have developed a new simulator to help soldiers train on mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs) for worst-case scenarios.
Called the transportable, reconfigurable, integrated, crew trainer (TRICT) simulator, it is fully operational and can familiarise soldiers with MRAPs, which were added to the army inventory during recent conflicts.
In addition to a realistic exterior and interior, including all vehicle controls for steering, gas, brakes, instrument panels, differentials and transmission control gauge for the MRAP, it also features a pitch-and-roll assembly that provides full-motion-based training.
AMRDEC Software Engineering Directorate director Dr Bill Craig said: "TRICT supports warfighter capabilities for training individually, or collectively as a crew, the skills required to operate features of the RG-33 and M-ATV variant MRAP vehicles.
"We were able to develop this product in the amount of time that it would normally take to do the request for [the] proposal.
"The development of the TRICT simulator is an excellent example of a product that is centred on the needs of soldiers and was developed inexpensively and rapidly."
Project lead systems engineer Scott Johnston said: "While inside the simulator, soldiers experience realistic motions and sounds, coupled with state-of-the-art graphics, to ensure an immersive training environment."
The simulator's Unreal 3.0 gaming engine creates an immersive computer-generated environment that is projected onto LCD displays on the doors and windows.
Image: The TRICT simulator is fully operational to train soldiers to operate MRAP vehicles. Photo: courtesy of the US Army.