To present an almost real life submarine training facility, Rheinmetall's Submarine Command Team Trainer (SCTT) and Submarine Control Simulator (SCS), discussed in two separate news stories on this website, are connected to TKMS' peer and sea training facility. "While Rheinmetall provides the consoles, which are normally placed in different rooms in the actual training facility, we provide two computers: one that reproduces what goes on at the level of the SCS and one that works like a computer game where an avatar works around the submarine and performs maintenance and operation tasks," says Stephan Braß, senior manager SLT 2 at TKMS. "This is how submariners currently train and learn to work together on a submarine."
To improve submariners' training, TKMS is now working on a virtual reality training tool. Complete with a virtual reality helmet, wireless joysticks to reproduce hand movements and a screen to monitor what the trainee is seeing and doing, the virtual reality tool makes trainee submariners feel like they are in the vessel. "We believe this is the future of training," continues Braß, "because it will provide submariners with the opportunity to learn how to move in a submarine and how to operate it without the added logistical issue of having a submarine to train on hand, thus saving time and money."
"Currently we have sold the virtual reality tool to one customer, which name we cannot disclose for confidentiality reasons, and we are working with them to improve the system and make it operational in the near future," concludes Braß.
Dr. Alix Valenti