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Bohemia's 'Virtual Battlespace 2' Training UK Soldiers

by Rainier on May 2, 2007 @ 10:00 a.m. PDT

Bohemia Interactive announced that the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) has purchased an enterprise license of Virtual Battlespace 2, providing a robust, flexible simulation for use in collective and tactical training, mission rehearsal, experimentation and terrain/3D model visualization for AO familiarization.

The decision by the UK MoD to purchase an enterprise license of VBS2 marks yet another important milestone for the product and further validation that the Real Virtuality engine remains one of the most flexible, extendable and cost-effective military simulation tools available today.

Under the enterprise license, Bohemia Interactive Australia is providing the following software and services to the UK MoD:

  • Site licenses for VBS2
  • VBS2 tool suite
  • HLA/DIS Gateway (LVC Game by Calytrix)
  • Specifically tailored UK module (UK units, vehicles, weaponry, aircraft and ships)
  • Custom terrain module including an urban area, a large detailed building complex, an airfield and harbor
  • Gold Support
  • Training Courses 1, 2 and 3 (VBS2 for Administrators, VBS2 Terrain Generation and Modeling in VBS2)

Virtual Battlespace 2 (VBS2) is a completely new product based upon the brand new game engine Real Virtuality 2. VBS2 is being constantly improved in accordance with military feedback received from a range of VBS1 customers, including the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the USMC. VBS2 extends the adaptable, customisable nature of Operation Flashpoint and VBS1 to provide a tool that delivers rapid terrain generation for mission rehearsal in high fidelity, realistic environments, in addition to a host of other functional and graphical improvements.

The enterprise license also includes an upgrade to the VBS2 Virtual Tool Kit (VTK) when released. The VTK will provide a range of editors that will enable every aspect of the simulation to be easily modified and configured; to the extent that the product could be repackaged by any typical user to suit a new training requirement or demand.

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