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Published on February 3rd, 2009 | by Brian Browne

Virtual Reality to train US Soldiers

The Pentagon has just approved The Office of Naval Research (ONR) to manage an experiment in training soldiers to deal with terrorists. The experiment, called Future Immersive Training Environment (FITE) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) program will allow soldiers to correct shortcomings before heading to the hostile environment.

This joint opportunity underscores ONR’s priority on developing key partnerships that facilitate delivery of technological advantages to our warfighters. Together we address the ever-changing present and future threats to U.S. Forces and allies and equip them with the training and tools they need.

said ONR’s Chief of Naval Research, RADM Nevin P. Carr. This past year, ONR’s investments in science and technology produced a breakthrough in training Sailors and Marines that used real and advanced virtual technology to recreate urban warfare scenes. Their product was the Infantry Immersive Trainer (IIT) which helped improved the warfighters skills in urban combat.

The program is scheduled to take approximately two years and has a budget of $36 million. If this seems like a whole lot of money to you, this budget doesn’t even come close to touching most popular video games. I just hope this is productive for the troops on the frontlines out there doing the fighting. To check out some more of the technology they are employing, visit Game Production Services here.

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