More soldiers soon would be able to train in a broader array of scenarios without leaving their home bases or armories. Under the Army’s “One World Terrain” technology, soldiers would refine their skills in what the service calls its Synthetic Training Environment.
The system has undergone testing among soldiers with the Fort Riley, Kan.-based 1stInfantry Division. They also used another tool that would amalgamate different simulators to portray what the service calls “an evolving scenario for all users involved in mission rehearsals.”
The environment combines live and simulated situations seamlessly, and can be reconfigured to replicate specific scenarios.
Soldiers at Fort Carson, Colo., also tested similar systems in aviation-training scenarios, using the Reconfigurable Virtual Collective Trainer-Air (RVCT-A).
Likewise, operators of M2 Bradley fighting vehicles and Stryker Combat Vehicles tested the Reconfigurable Virtual Collective Trainer-Ground (RCVT-G). at Fort Riley. Dismounted troops took part in this exercise as well.
The new simulation trainers with 3-D capability will begin operational service sometime in the fall of 2021, with full operational capability scheduled for sometime in 2023.
As of now, three Army divisions and three Marine Corps battalions have begun using One World Terrain capability, the Army stated. Units at the Army National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., and the 7thSpecial Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., have used One World Terrain during operations involving drones at Fort Irwin, the Army stated.
Fort Drum, N.Y.-based soldiers with the 10thMountain Division were able to use the Squad Marksmanship Trainer to enhance their proficiency on the M249 light machine gun, M4 carbine and M9 Beretta pistol in virtual scenarios. Based on feedback these soldiers provided, the trainer quickly proved to be a significant improvement over the engagement skill trainer they had been using.