Immersive training system accommodates 50,000 players

Immersive training system accommodates 50,000 players

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LONDON – A simulator being developed for the British Army has the capacity to host up to 50,000 players simultaneously.

CAE, the Canada-based modeling and simulation company, is offering its dynamic synthetic environment that will allow a multitude of participants to train for army tasks such as infantry maneuvers, combat vehicle driving , piloting aircraft or observing operations from an unmanned aerial vehicle, said Richard Woollam, director of defense capture and strategy at the Defense and Security Division of CAE.

It is “a collective training to bring together players from different disciplines, using different platforms and equipment”, he said.
CAE is developing the system to compete for the British Army’s Future Collective Training System, part of the service’s long-term campaign to modernize its currently outdated training with live, virtual and constructive systems called the Transformation Program group training.

“People with different roles will be able to play together. They share distributed environments, so players from different countries can work through the cloud in a single synthetic environment,” Woollam said.

During a demonstration at CAE’s stand at the recent IT2EC conference in London, participants from different parts of the world acted out a scenario where soldiers searched a building in an urban area for a high-value target .

A player from CAE’s UK headquarters, about 50 miles away, played the role of a vehicle driver. She drove a troop carrier towards the objective, while another player in the cabin piloted an Apache helicopter on a high-fidelity simulator.

Another participant at CAE’s Canadian headquarters piloted a UAV while a participant in London played one of the commandos.

The computer builds other soldiers and enemy forces into the system. The simulator also constructively created a team of four Black Hawk helicopters that flew over the city with fast rope teams that landed on a rooftop.

British Army officials have not set the maximum number of players they would like to see participate in its future training system, but CAE has demonstrated the ability to accommodate up to 50,000 built or live players. , said Woolham.

Security is paramount when it comes to computer training because it can reveal a lot to spies who want to learn more about tactics, techniques and procedures, said Alex Gwilliam, the division’s system architect. The system can run from CAE’s cloud in Montreal, but the British military will eventually run the program from its own secure system, he said.

British Army officials present at the conference have revealed they will award a sole-source contract worth over £600 million for the Collective Training Transformation Programme, which will run over 10 to 15 years, with a call next January for information requests. The award of the contract is scheduled for the end of 2025.


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