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British Army's training capabilities reach new heights with VBS4

4th April 2023 - 14:30 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


ICAVS(D) is the first British Army training capability to be fully integrated with DVS2. (Photo: UK MoD/Crown Copyright)

Elbit Systems UK has integrated Bohemia Interactive Simulation's DVS2 into the British Army's Combined Arms Virtual Simulation system for advanced military training. IFTech has also integrated BISim's VBS4 into its smart battle suit.

Elbiy Systems UK has successfully upgraded its interim Combined Arms Virtual Simulation (deployable) (ICAVS(D)) system with Bohemia Interactive Simulation’s (BISim) Defence Virtual Simulation 2 (DVS2).

This is the first British Army training capability to be fully integrated with DVS2 that utilises BISim’s VBS4, VBS Blue Image Generator and One World Terrain.

Elbit’s ICAVS(D) achieved FOC in September 2022. It has now passed acceptance testing with DVS2 by both the Land Warfare Centre and the Training and Simulation Systems Programme teams within the UK Armed Forces Land Equipment Operating Centre at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S).

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‘The integration of the ICAVS(D) simulator with Bohemia Interactive Simulations’ software ensures that UK service personnel can train using the most up-to-date technology,’ Elbit Systems UK CEO Martin Fausset said.

‘It is more important now than ever that the [British] armed forces have access to the most advanced training systems available and that is achieved when industry innovates in an agile and flexible way.’

Dan McLoughlin, DVS2 and ICAVS(D) senior project manager at DE&S, said: ‘DVS2 will provide ICAVS(D) with enhanced simulation, mapping and AI modelling, to deliver realistic, immersive training to the British Army. The use of DVS2’s One World Terrain will allow ICAVS(D) users to train virtually in any part of the world from anywhere in the world.’

In other BISim news, IFTech announced on 3 April that it has integrated VBS4 into its ARAIG multi-sensory, multi-directional, force feedback battle suit.

When integrated with the software, the suit provides real-world stressors without compromising other key training requirements, IFTech said.

The company said it could implement over four million possible variations of checkpoint scenarios with multi-sensory impacts for the Canadian Department of National Defence. This has helped trainees develop situational awareness and decision-making skills.

Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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