Although embedded training has existed for over 10-15 years, the demand for it is steadily on the rise as the benefits and opportunities for this type of training increase, and its associated costs decrease.
Computers are getting smaller and more powerful, and their footprint no longer requires a specialized pod under a wing to implement. As mentioned above, the ability to replace expensive equipment with realistic simulators is a strong benefit.
On the operational side, embedded training is able to achieve a higher level of realism than a conventional simulator. In the case of an aircraft, the pilot will experience all the physical rigors of actual flight in addition to the challenge of engaging in a conflict. The opponents, targets, sensors, weapons, and HUD displays and readings are virtual, but the physical demands on the body are real and serve as an excellent indicator of readiness to an instructor.
Going forward, Presagis is exploring innovative ways enhance embedded training. Using augmented reality, embedded training could be further heightened by adding virtual elements to the real-life visuals being experienced by the pilot. Hence, virtual elements such as friendly forces, or opponents or targets would be visible out of the window, since they are fused with reality.
Another development on the horizon is embedded training in a squadron or formation so that all pilots can share the same scenario and same virtual and constructive elements in order to train coordination, rules of engagement, etc.
From embedded training in live vehicles, to simulated large-scale engagements in a synthetic environment, there is no limit to what can be achieved using LVC training. The world’s top defense organizations rely on LVC to hone training and ensure preparedness – regardless of weather, location, or scenario.
In our next article, we are going to explore the challenges of creating large-scale environments. It may seem a straightforward task when you only depict rolling hills, and forests. But what if you have a megacity complete with high-rises, bridges, highways, and airports?
Well, that’s where we can help…