China’s rocket force uses VR to train its army to use missile systems, a move that can be carried out more frequently and at a lessened cost.
According to a PLA Daily report, the People’s Liberation Army’s tactical and strategic missile force uses the technology as a virtual training ground for soldiers.
“You can practice launching without an actual installation, and you can practice tactics without leaving the base.” – Sun Yingjiu, Battalion commander.
According to Sun Yingjiu, the VR training platform meant that rocket force soldiers could practice command, support, and action in an environment mimicking real-world scenarios. According to the report, the technology has also transformed large-scale missile exercises into quiet and highly efficient training.
It has also made training in the rocket force very flexible and efficient. A conventional missile launch activity involves much personnel, and massive equipment needs to be transported to a training environment, so the frequency is limited. But VR training means these activities can be simulated so that soldiers can use it to train more regularly. The PLA has been using VR training simulations to increase combat readiness.
“Virtual reality airborne training is very flexible [in] its simulations of take-off and landing as well as some emergency situations [and the experiences] are very real.” – Zhang Chuxuan, new recruit.
Hong Kong-based military commentator Song Zhongping said the technology could make military exercises more efficient, but it also reduced training budgets.
“For example, China has attached great importance to joint exercises across its armed forces, but in reality a drill that involves the army, navy and air force is complex and time-consuming to conduct,” Song said. “However, computer simulation can achieve similar effects while saving on both energy and costs.” – Song Zhongping, Hong Kong-based military commentator.
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