China is training its defence personnel leveraging virtual reality to increase their combat capabilities
While the use of #virtualreality has been quite common in video games and other recreational activities, there has been an increasing utilization of the technology in the military domain as well.
Recently the #US #army awarded #Microsoft a $480 million contract to supply the military branch with as many as 100,000 #hololens #augmentedreality headsets for training and combat purposes, the military-grade headsets would vary extensively from the existing HoloLens design. They would include thermal sensing and night vision and be used in both training and on the battlefield.
“The People’s Liberation Army has started to use virtual reality (VR) technologies in training as it allows officers and soldiers to gain enhanced combat capability more efficiently
A logistics support unit affiliated with the PLA Northern Theater Command Navy carried out a wartime fuel support drill. However, unlike the usual drills, this one did not take place at any dock, but inside a simulation room.
The participants used VR simulators to practice the disassembly of equipment, location of malfunctions, and fixing of pipelines.
As per the report, the VR training system was designed and developed jointly by the naval unit as well as the civilian developers.
It was designed to enhance the capabilities of the troops in dealing with complicated and emergency situations. The VR training software will be updated to simulate more training scenarios in the future.
“The VR training platform is not restricted by the availability of training sites, weather conditions, or the consumption of equipment. this means they can enhance training efficiency and shorten the period in which combat capability is generated.