The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) agency Defence, Equipment and Support (DE&S) has awarded a contract to Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) to provide the Defence Virtual Simulation 2 (DVS2) solution. 

As per the terms of the £7.2m contract, BISim will deliver its VBS4 and VBS Blue image generator (IG) tools as part of the DVS2 solution. 

A common virtual simulation software of the Ministry of Defence, DVS2 provides interoperable and accessible virtual simulations.

Under DVS2, personnel of the armed forces can access training with a range of equipment across different terrains, irrespective of their location.

DVS2 provides multiple training scenarios that include piloting a fast jet, parachuting into a warzone, offering humanitarian aid from aircraft carriers, and operating weapons and vehicles.

The software has flexible networking options that provide immersive battlegroup-level training to frontline commands.

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The virtual training can be customised using the Editor tool to help personnel experiment in challenging scenarios such as vehicle recognition training, among others.

The software enables UK military personnel to train with peers and other armed forces in a secure network.

As many as 60 countries, including 14 Nato allies, are currently using similar technologies to train their personnel.

DE&S Solider, Training and Special Projects head Nick Taylor said: “As our armed forces evolve so does the nature of the equipment and technology that we provide to them.

“This virtual training capability will allow for additional, accessible training, outside of the more traditional physical operations that our military personnel regularly undertake.”

As the prime contractor, BISim will deliver DVS2 as a managed service to the MoD with frequent software updates.

The fourth generation VBS4 tool allows users to create various training scenarios for land, air, and sea. It is a whole-earth virtual and constructive desktop trainer and simulation host.

The company’s VBS Blue IG is a whole-earth image generator software. It uses video-game technologies to provide day, dusk, and night scenes.

A subsidiary of BAE Systems, BISim previously delivered DVS1 using its VBS3 tool.