The UK Ministry of Defence acquired an enterprise licence of the Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) software Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3) as the UK MOD’s Defence Virtual Simulation (DVS) solution.
DVS will be the UK MOD’s common virtual simulation tool to 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, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
“Our association with the MOD began in 2007 with their acquisition of an enterprise licence for VBS2,” said Rusmat Ahmed, BISim’s vice president of sales in EMEA.
Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3) is a comprehensive desktop training package and simulation host based on commercial video game technology. Simply load VBS3 onto a PC and use the supplied tools and models to set up a scenario and start training.
VBS3 provides virtual environment that helps military personnel train on tactics, rehearse for missions, and practice standard operating procedures. 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 which 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, features not included with the baseline version of VBS Radio.
VBS3 also includes VBS Gateway, a user-friendly application that allows for interoperability with external HLA(e)/DIS simulations, as well as supporting CIGI allowing VBS3 to drive CIGI compliant image generators. DVS also benefits from the latest optimizations for large, networked multiplayer scenarios, with increased stability and performance.