Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) announced the release of VBS4 20.1, its most important software release since 2013, on 20 August. VBS4 is an easy-to-use, whole-earth virtual and constructive simulation. It offers a massive step change over the not-quite-but-almost ubiquitous VBS3, providing greater ease of use, enhanced performance and a whole-Earth terrain representation.
“VBS4 20.1 is a full and complete replacement for BISim’s highly successful VBS3 product and starts the next revolution in virtual battlespace technology,” observed BISim CEO, Arthur Alexion. “With VBS4, there’s no need for extensive technical background or long training courses. You can plan your mission, build your terrain with easy-to-use interfaces and focus on the learning points of the exercise, rather than the technical aspects of setup.”
VBS4 becomes BISim’s flagship product — a fully featured desktop training and simulator-ready replacement for all VBS3 capabilities, with its hundreds of use cases and integration possibilities. On top of that, VBS4 introduces VBS Plan and VBS Geo modes for fast and accurate scenario and terrain generation, plus VBS World Server (VWS), a complementary companion product which allows training anywhere on the planet instantly ‘out of the box.’
Put those together, add in the underlying VBS Blue engine technology and a whole new world of training possibilities opens up, leveraging robust cutting-edge gaming and geo-spatial technologies to train a vast array of missions at many different echelons, while VBS Plan and VBS Geo to minimise the need for technical knowledge.
Unlike many other game engine-based simulations, the VBS4 engine (VBS Blue) is optimised to serve the military simulation and training domain. VBS Blue offers millimeter accuracy and global scale simultaneously, plus it has a flexible terrain ingestion pipeline capable of facilitating quick use of terrain data from any conceivable source. VBS4 delivers complex military effects out of the box and industry-leading graphical fidelity. Built on years of rigorous feedback from military SMEs, VBS4 is packed with capabilities to support large-scale combined arms virtual scenarios and hundreds of authentic military training uses.
Just like with its widely-adopted predecessor, VBS4’s capability will continue to expand significantly with investments both from our global customer base and company funds. Planned for the end of 2020, VBS4 20.2 will introduce extended capabilities in all of VBS Plan, VBS Geo and VWS: 2021 releases will include highly useful improvements, such as cloud-enabled scaling and additional Call for Fire and Close Air Support capabilities.