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I/ITSEC 2016: UK selects VBS3 – at last

30th November 2016 - 12:16 by Trevor Nash in Orlando

I/ITSEC 2016: UK selects VBS3 – at last

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected Bohemia Interactive Simulations’ (BISim's) Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3) as the winner of its Defence Virtual Simulation (DVS) requirement.

DVS will be the UK MoD’s common virtual simulation tool that BISim says will, ‘provide interoperable, accessible and deployable virtual simulation capability across the MoD’. The DVS capability will enable simulated activity across all levels of training, including live and virtual simulation, education and experimentation.

This long-running requirement has resulted in a solution that most realised was the obvious choice from the start, but UK procurement rules demanded an open competition when a more pragmatic approach might have seen the award made much earlier than the three years it has actually taken.

‘Our association with the MoD began in 2007 with their acquisition of an enterprise licence for VBS2, and we are very pleased to continue this association by now providing our VBS3 software that is used for military training the world over,’ said Rusmat Ahmed, BISim’s vice president of sales in EMEA.

‘By investing in DVS for UK Defence, MoD brings UK expertise to the very active group of European and allied countries using VBS3 for training, as well as benefitting from the pool of international innovation and best practice of VBS3 users.’

VBS3 is a desktop training package and simulation host based on commercial video game technology. The company says that VBS3 needs to be loaded onto a PC and the user can then apply the supplied tools and models ‘to set up a scenario and start training.’

VBS3 has become the standard games-based training system in the military simulation environment and supports a wide range of domains for training including mounted and dismounted land, naval vessel, fast-jet and rotary-wing for both individual and collective training tasks.

‘VBS3 software is exceptionally capable and fulfils a large and diverse range of our simulation requirements for individual and collective training, experimentation and force development, ’ said John Brookes, deputy head of Joint Training Section within the Soldier Training  and Special Programmes Team at the UK’s Defence Support & Equipment (DE&S) organisation.

‘The software’s new role as the Defence Virtual Simulation solution means it will help the MoD realise the Defence Training & Education Coherence vision, allowing us to deliver more and better simulation to our users across the UK’s armed forces.’

BISim said that included with VBS3 is VBS Radio for voice communications between remote users participating in training exercises, supporting filtered voice playback for after action reviews and that is DIS-enabled for networked exercises. The DVS solution includes the enhanced VBS Radio Pro version, which offers unlimited channels and degradation based on distance and weather attenuation, features not included with the baseline version of VBS Radio.

VBS3 also comes as standard with VBS Gateway, an application that provides interoperability with external HLA/DIS simulations, as well as supporting CIGI allowing VBS3 to drive CIGI compliant image generators.

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