10 Aug 2014 By Alan Tovey - telegraph.co.uk
Defence technology group QinetiQ agrees five-year deal to train soliders and pilots in virtual world
Defence and technology company QinetiQ is enabling air force pilots and army commanders to train together in a virtual battlefield – even though they might be thousands of miles apart in real life.
The company has agreed a five-year, £33m deal that will allow airmen and soldiers to practise working together in simulators before being deployed abroad.
The system – at the Air Battlespace Training Centre at RAF Waddington in Lincoln – links together aircraft simulators, ground forces’ control tents and even individual troops so they can train on working in combined operations.
The virtual set-up allows commanders in the simulated headquarters to co-ordinate airstrikes in real-time with troops on the virtual battlefield calling in the jets, which are being flown by pilots in simulators. This means they can learn how to carry out complex procedures and potentially dangerous operations without the risk of harm if they make an error.
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