Raytheon has unveiled a new immersive military training product at I/ITSEC, the world’s largest modelling, simulation and training event to support the training of US Army soldiers.
The Synthetic Training Environment Soldier Virtual Trainer, or STE SVT, uses virtual reality to train squads of soldiers in multiple scenarios while using real and virtual weapons.
The STE is designed to provide a cognitive, collective, multi-echelon training and mission rehearsal capability for the operational, institutional and self-development training domains.
Bob Williams, vice president of global training solutions at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, said, "Raytheon tech helps specialists around the world prepare for the world's most important missions."
It brings together the virtual, constructive and gaming training environments into a single STE for Army Active and Reserve Components, as well as civilians. It will provide training services to ground, dismounted and aerial platforms and command post (CP) points of need (PoN).
The STE will interact with and augment live training, which is the primary training approach for the Army. This concept will allow the Army to provide a single STE that delivers a training service to the PoN.
"We are blending our understanding of training with emerging technologies – augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, cyber security and big data – to connect and secure military training like never before," Williams explained.
The capability will train all Warfighting Functions and the human dimension across all echelons with Joint and Unified Action Partners in the context of Unified Land Operations.
The vision for the US Army's STE is to create a common synthetic environment for soldiers to train together from anywhere in the world. Raytheon's STE SVT answers that call and will completely change the way military training is done.
The current room-sized simulators will be replaced by portable laptop-powered AR/VR headsets that easily can be transported to soldiers for use anywhere at any time.