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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Monday, June 21, 2021

Marines can use these goggles to turn parking lots into firing ranges | Marine Corps Times

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Marines across the fleet will soon be able to strap on goggles and train call for fire missions at any time and in any place.

The goggles, known as mobile fire support trainers, are an advanced version of the augmented immersive team trainer program that saw testing by Marines in late 2016.

The device allows a Marine to 3-D map an area, whether a barracks parking lot, soccer field or beach, and place virtual tanks and other targets on the real background.

The Marine then calls for indirect fires on those targets. When there’s a hit the actual damage that he or she would see in real life unfolds. This helps Marines better understand how their decisions play out on a fire mission and helps give a more realistic battle damage assessment, a core part of fire mission intelligence.

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