Raytheons VR Combat Simulator
Raytheon's new combat simulator leaves first person shot-em-ups for dead...
Military defense contractor Raytheon, has developed a new combat simulator in which fully rigged soldiers are able to roam freely while engaging enemies through their virtual reality goggles.
Teaming up with the Oscar-winning 3D company Motion Reality Inc, Raytheon developed the simulator to train up to 12 soldiers on small unit tactics and clearing IEDs.
During the simulation, soldiers are able to tossing real flash-bang grenades. They are also subject to small shocks that render the muscle useless when shot.
“We actually give four parts of the body muscle stimulation,” says a Raytheon representative in a video taken at AUSA. “If you get shot by an artificial, you have consequences.”
Artificial enemies are also supposed to respond to threats and commands. Human trainers overseeing the exercise can even fly through the virtual world, freezing the action to explain or direct upon certain scenarios.
The simulation creators wanted soldiers to feel physically and mentally immersed in their training environment. That meant providing a virtual platform akin to the real world – without wires or cables.
Raytheon is currently in talks with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization to help train warfighters on the simulator.
The interactive simulation went on display at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual conference in Washington, D.C. this week.
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