The military simulation industry is introducing new technologies and updates to enhance realistic training for the armed forces. These include the Lockheed Martin SIMRES system for force-on-force shooting simulation, replacing the decades-old MILES system, and new features in the Virtual Battlespace program by Bohemia Interactive Simulations, incorporating drone operation, counter-drone capabilities, and Ukrainian-based trench warfare training.
- New Shooting Simulation System: The SIMRES system by Lockheed Martin offers a more realistic force-on-force shooting simulation compared to the older MILES system, incorporating technologies like GPS, Lidar, and “e-bullets” to simulate real-world projectile physics.
- Evolution of Trench Warfare Training: The Virtual Battlespace program has added features to train for trench warfare, influenced by recent developments in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, allowing users to experience offensive and defensive scenarios.
- Incorporating Drone Technologies: The program also includes new drone operator and counter-drone views and capabilities, reflecting the growing importance of drone warfare in modern combat scenarios.
- Addressing Training Limitations: The new systems aim to overcome the limitations of the MILES system, which had issues like unrealistic laser trajectory and the inability to simulate indirect fire effectively.
- Deployment and Development Plans: The Marine Corps plans to field the new Marine Corps Tactical Instrumentation System (formerly FoFTS-Next) between 2024-2026, while the SIMRES system is still under development and not yet competing for a current Army contract.