Last week 104 Logistic Support Brigade took the opportunity of a visit by U.S General Christopher Cavoli, Commanding General U.S. Army Europe and Africa, to showcase some of the exciting exploration they have been undertaking in the realms of Virtual Reality.
5 Battalion REME have been trialling the innovative tech which gives an astounding range of functionality, in order to inform future procurement for the unit. The Virtual Reality headset itself is an interface which opens the door to a huge range of different software packages that really make it a valuable future resource.
These headsets really show how far VR technology has come and how easily we can incorporate them into our training. It really brings training to life in such an intuitive way Capt Williams, 104X Trg Offr
The software allows, for example, the simulation of all Army equipment in Virtual Reality, so that soldiers could get virtual hands on all aspects of the kit they use and manipulate it as in real life; even going so far as increasing an engine to the size of a house and virtually walking around inside it.
From virtual conferencing, which allows an impressive collaborative working environment, unknow before now, to full immersion into a 3D map in order to trial a plan or route in a wholly safe environment, this technology has offered impressive solutions to known challenges.
Capt Williams, 104 Bde Training Officer said “These headsets really show how far VR technology has come and how easily we can incorporate them into our training. It really brings training to life in such an intuitive way”.
Gen. Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, Chief of the General Staff, and Lt. Gen. Ivan Jones, Commander Field Army, who were hosting with Gen. Christopher Cavoli, were impressed by a fully immersive virtual tour of the ports of Southern Europe. The visit also provided an opportunity for the NATO allies to discuss their mutual interests and bilateral military activities in both Europe and Africa.