Portability, readiness and cost savings are the order of the day.

Bohemia Interactive Simulations bring F/A-18 VR pilot training device to ITSEC with the help of D-BOX technologies.
You would be hard pressed to find anyone in the crowd at ITSEC this year that would challenge you on the fact that the military industry is currently facing some serious challenges. Budget constraints and a tighter rein on where the money actually goes to have forced the powers that be to search for newer, smarter ways to train staff and meet lofty objectives.

Sensing an opportunity to fill a very vital need in the market, Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) are utilizing state-of-the-art technology from D-BOX Technologies Inc. (D-BOX) to create a new flight simulator concept that exploits emerging, cost-effective virtual reality (VR) technology.

Many of today’s high-end flight simulators utilize physical cockpits and expensive display environments that feature domes and collimated displays. Despite their impressive appearances, these set-ups are proving to be too costly. In an industry that adheres to high standards of quality, this new reality has been a difficult pill to swallow. Thankfully, there are cost-effective solutions on the horizon. Emerging training systems will need to take advantage of low-cost helmet-mounted displays and new motion sensing technologies.

“Massive commercial investments in VR are producing technologies with the potential to meet a broad set of training requirements,” said BISim Business Development Director John Burwell. “With military budgets under extreme pressure, VR solutions offer benefits such as dramatic cost savings, greater portability, and increase readiness for pilots and crew.”

The VR flight simulator will combine the D-BOX Motion-Cueing System and an AUSIMTECH chair with the Oculus Rift CV1 to provide a highly immersive training experience within a virtual environment generated by VBS Blue.

Thanks to an integrated Leap Motion sensor, I/ITSEC attendees will be able to freely interact with a highly detailed virtual crew station that simulates the job performance environment. The Flex-Air application from SA Simulations will replicate the avionics, weapon systems and flight models of an F-18.

“VBS Blue enables virtual training anywhere in the world,” said BISim’s Co-CEO, Peter Morrison. “We have developed a high-performance, whole-earth rendering engine that is compatible with VBS3 content. We are especially proud of the data import capability, which enabled us to build an accurate model of San Francisco from open data in a matter of days without the need for a traditional database modeling. ”

To increase the sense of immersion and offer extremely precise and realistic kinesthetic cues, BISim has integrated the Motion-Cueing system from D-BOX. Into their F-18 flight simulator. The results are nothing short of spectacular.

“The compact, deployable training solutions that virtual reality can deliver are truly impressive,” said Yannick Gemme, Vice President, Sales, Simulation & Training at D-BOX. “To increase immersion and minimize discomfort for users, we’re utilizing our cutting-edge, motion-cueing systems to great effect. By packaging true-to-life visuals from BISim with realistic motion cueing from D-BOX, we have created a portable, deployable solution that will meet the high standards of the training industry head on.”

Visitors to BISim’s booth at IITSEC 2016 in Orlando will be able to fly the simulator over a re-creation of San Francisco in VBS Blue.