In collaboration with the Spanish Army, Indra has developed an innovative simulator that will enable soldiers to train with the actual equipment they use in their missions, while immersed in a virtual environment, in which they can move around wearing virtual reality (VR) goggles, the company announced on 31 May.
The system will form part of the iVictrix marksmanship simulator, the latest version of the Victrix simulator in current use with the Spanish armed forces on many bases and principal training centers, and of which Indra has delivered more than 40 units. This new system will enable training for vehicle, vessel, and aircraft gunners. The unprecedented flexibility offered by VR enables a single training module to be used to train soldiers with completely different requirements.
The simulator combines the real and virtual worlds to offer soldiers a fluid experience between both environments that enhances the feeling of realism.
The soldier is positioned on a platform that simulates the movements and vibrations of platforms such as helicopters, vessels or vehicles as they move through the virtual world. They hold an actual weapon in their hands, so they can feel the recoil in every shot. Through the goggles, however, soldiers see only a computer-generated version of the weapon.
Intensive use of VR opens the door to a vast number of possibilities for both civilian and military training. This is one of the many lines of development for the future of simulation in which Indra is playing a leading role.