Armored Power: Versatile Military Vehicle Training in VBS3

Feb 12, 2018


Between fuel, ammo, maintenance and personnel costs, live training with vehicles and crews can quickly add up. Simulation offers a cost-efficient way to augment live training exercises. VBS3 is used extensively for military vehicle simulation across many different use cases from tank driving skills to gunnery operations training to combined arms breach visualizations including the U.S. Army’s Close Combat Tactical Training program of record.

VBS3 is used extensively for military vehicle simulation across many different use cases of varying complexity from tank driving skills to gunnery operations training to combined arms breach mission rehearsal.

Recently, BISim delivered a high-fidelity CV9040 part-task trainer that is exclusive to the Swedish Armed Forces, providing virtual panels that can be manipulated through touchscreen devices. The CV9040 part-task trainer developed for the Swedish Armed Forces is the latest high-fidelity armored vehicle simulator based on VBS3, employing custom grips from AFV Sim and delivering accurate simulation of a wide range of vehicle and gunnery systems. Leveraging recent improvements, military organizations can now effectively replace legacy gunnery trainers with a holistic, VBS3-based solution, benefiting from its massive content library and ongoing simulation and rendering improvements, and reducing through-life costs associated with supporting multiple platforms. VBS offers tremendous flexibility in creating custom training environments. Watch a video.

At I/ITSEC 2017, BISim demonstrated an integration between VBS3 and Vortex Studio from CM Labs Simulation for a light armored vehicle simulation. Vortex Studio is a world-leading simulation and visualisation platform designed to create true-to-life simulations of land and sea equipment and environments. It provides the industry’s highest-fidelity real-time vehicle simulation for driver skills development. With this degree of simulation fidelity, vehicle behavior is emergent rather than needing to be scripted, which means the amount of software development required to create driver training simulator applications is significantly reduced.

VBS3 has also been integrated with D-BOX Motion Cueing and has been demonstrated extensively in many different configurations. The D-BOX Motion plugin replicates the motion of any vehicle simulated in VBS. By pairing the D-BOX/VBS3 plugin with VBS3, integrators can replicate the vibrations in vehicular motion, including engines, rotors, ground texture, even collisions, weapons and detonations. The plugin is available for free online here.

leopard tank simulation in VBS3

Visit our customer showcase to see a variety of customer integrations for military vehicle training and simulation. Here’s a sampling of customer integrations:

Tank Driver Training Simulator - Rheinmetall’s Leopard 2 Driver Training Simulator (DTS) was integrated with VBS3 as its game-based visualization system.

Close Combat Tactical Trainer - The U.S. Army uses an image generator based on VBS3 to train teams for a host of armored vehicles and mechanized units.

ADF Protected Route Clearance - The Australian Defence Force (ADF) called on Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) to deliver a Protected Route Clearance Capability as part of the ADF’s Project Ningaui.

Patria’s AMV PTT and Nemo Training Simulator - The AMV PTT combines the virtual training environment of VBS and models the AMV driver’s position. The Patria Nemo Training Simulator provides a high-fidelity environment for efficient Gunner-Commander training.

Simumak’s Military Terrain Vehicles Simulator - Simumak’s highly immersive simulation training system for military terrain vehicles is the result of consolidated experience in the driving simulation sector plus the realistic software of VBS virtual environment.

FFI Active Protection System Experiment - The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) developed a generic “hard-kill” active protection system (APS) within VBS3, which performs the same sequence of actions as a real APS.

OBRUM SK-1 Platoon Simulator - OBRUM developed a tactical training crew simulator for the Polish Army called the SK-1 Platoon. The system fully features high fidelity metal reproductions of the IFV Rosomak interiors, built in Poland under license from Finnish defense provider Patria.

Royal Tank Regiment - The Royal Tank Regiment is currently using VBS3 for crew training to assist with developing and strengthening communication skills while operating at troop level.

Royal Corps of Signals - Signallers are currently using VBS3 to deliver training on vehicle drills and reconnaissance.

Royal School of Military Engineering - The RSME currently employ VBS3 for Engineer training including bridge laying, convoy driving, route planning and communications.

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Arms School - The REME Arms School currently employ VBS3 for rules of engagement and convoy training by placing the students in environments where the driver, commander and gunner must communicate and face hostile situations to test their reactions while under threat.

What have you created lately with VBS3? Send us an email to [email protected] telling us about what you’ve created using VBS3 and we could feature your work on our website. Contact [email protected] to learn more about using VBS3 for vehicle simulation and driver training applications.