British Army Mercian Regiment receives inflatable wall training system

27 January 2020 (Last Updated January 27th, 2020 13:59)

British Army’s Wiltshire-based 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment has received a new Inflatable Walls Training System (IWTS).

British Army Mercian Regiment receives inflatable wall training system
IWTS allows personnel to transport and rapidly build temporary structures. Credit: British Army.

British Army’s Wiltshire-based 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment has received a new Inflatable Walls Training System (IWTS).

This IWTS training system is designed to replicate complex urban structures and helps improve combat training for military and law enforcement.

Using the system, users can design, plan, build temporary urban structures and train in any terrain, and in any location.

The completely portable structure can be moved rapidly. It was launched by Survitec to the European market last year.

An exclusive licensing agreement for IWTS was reached between Survitec and Battlefield Sim in early 2018.

In the US, the product is already in use with contracts received recently from the US Air Force. They are also in use with British Royal Air Force, Australian Army and Austrian Army.

Unlike stable and steady structures, the inflatable walls of this training system can build a temporary structure according to the needs of the training session.

Additionally, it allows the soldiers to quickly adapt to surroundings.

Additionally, IWTS is compatible and certified to be used with non-lethal training ammunition company, Simunition.

Simunition augments training opportunities by allowing the integration of training aids such as IWTS systems.

The inflatable training area has been combined and tested with Simunition at the regiment’s barracks in Bulford.

A low-level urban skill training was conducted by junior commanders using the combination.

The Salisbury-based unit, which specialises in urban warfare, along with three other affiliated regiments were initially intended to use IWTS.

However, the successful demonstration of the product has resulted in IWTS being rolled out across the Field Army.