Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has received a contract for the development of a virtual prototyping holodeck (VPH) for the US Army.

The applied research contract was awarded by Army’s Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center, Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (CERDEC NVESD).

NVESD will use the VPH to assess the physical and psychological performance of troops in simulated real-world equipment and battle conditions.

The directorate will employ Cross Reality (XR) technologies to understand the impact of the technology on soldiers.

Used for training purposes, holodecks allow participants to engage with different virtual and real environments.

NVESD will use the knowledge from the applied research to support future research and capabilities development.

Kratos Training Solutions senior vice-president Jose Diaz said: “Utilising our immersive simulation platform and XR technologies, Kratos has developed simulation environments that can be deployed at the point of need (PoN), be that in holodecks, simulators or even real air and ground platforms.

“Moreover, the XR-based solutions reduce cost, speed development and provide greater ability to evaluate performance outcome.”

In a statement, Kratos said: “Kratos is an industry leader in developing highly immersive environments that combine digital, haptic and biological realities that go beyond virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR) and augmented reality (AR).”

The company develops training solutions to increase learning retention and troop readiness.

In July, the army issued a request for project proposal for a cross-reality holodeck prototype capable of emulating real-world battle conditions.

The contract was awarded through the Sensors Communications and Electronics Consortium (SCEC) other transaction agreement (OTA).