Army virtual training session under way
An army virtual training session under way.

NGRAIN has been selected by the US Army and the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) for the supply of Virtual Task Trainer (VTT) solutions to help enhance soldier performance and reduce overall training costs.

The trainer will provide the principles and procedures for advanced conduct of fire (ACOF) and basic electricity for the US Army’s M1A2 Abrams Tanks Master Gunners Course.

The VTT solutions, based on the 3D Knowledge Objects, will be used by the army to deliver virtual hands-on training at home, on-the-job (OJT) training, and in the battlefield.

Under the contract with the Canadian Army, the company will provide VTTs to help instructors improve operations and maintenance as well as practicing procedures for the Field Heater and Light-Armoured Vehicle (LAV) III Differential model.

The VTT will enhance understanding of internal components and associated maintenance procedures to ensure that the field heater is fuel efficient, clean burning, and has a maximum in-service duration.

NGRAIN VTT will also provide system orientation and procedural and diagnostics training for the complex mechanical system of the nine LAV III Differential models.

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The commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software trainer helps army personnel to practice part-removal and replacement procedures in real time, overcoming training equipment shortages and scheduling issues.

The trainer can be updated using NGRAIN Producer, and can be installed in Microsoft Office, PDF documents and HTML pages to further extend use within the military.

The VTTs are designed for deployment over the web and can be accessed by personnel from servers, CD-ROMs, laptops and student PCs.

NGRAIN CEO Gabe Batstone said that the NGRAIN VTT "is a cost-effective, reusable and flexible technology platform that can be shared and integrated into training programmes across the Department of National Defence both at home and abroad."