Raytheon develops VR training simulator for squads of soldiers

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Defence contractor Raytheon has unveiled a new immersive military training simulator for developing squads of soldiers.

Quick read

➨ The Synthetic Training Environment Soldier Virtual Trainer uses virtual reality to train squads of soldiers in multiple scenarios while using real and virtual weapons

➨ ‘It delivers unmatched realism and accessibility while dramatically reducing the cost and logistical challenge of high-consequence training missions’

➨ Raytheon pointed to the US Army’s plans to create a common synthetic environment for soldiers to train together from anywhere in the world as an ideal application for the new simulator

The story

The Synthetic Training Environment Soldier Virtual Trainer (STE SVT) uses virtual reality (VR) to train squads of soldiers in multiple scenarios while using real and virtual weapons.

The new virtual simulator from Raytheon is designed to train dismounted infantry and uses the latest technological advances to deliver highly effective training at a moment’s notice from any location, the company said.

“It delivers unmatched realism and accessibility while dramatically reducing the cost and logistical challenge of high-consequence training missions.”

Raytheon pointed to the US Army’s plans to create a common synthetic environment for soldiers to train together from anywhere in the world as an ideal application for STE SVT.

The company said: “The current room-sized simulators will be replaced by portable laptop-powered AR/VR headsets that easily can be transported to soldiers for use anywhere at any time.”

Bob Williams, vice president of global training solutions at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, said of the new VR simulator: “Raytheon tech helps specialists around the world prepare for the world’s most important missions. We are blending our understanding of training with emerging technologies—augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and big data—to connect and secure military training like never before.”

The announcement follows Canadian training company CAE’s launch of a new VR simulator for military pilots.

Image credit: Raytheon