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4C Strategies: Providing virtual training to the British Army with Exonaut®

British Army virtual training with Exonaut
2017-03-16

4C Strategies has been chosen to be part of the delivery of the new Unit Based Virtual Trainer (UBVT) to the British Army. UBVT will enable units to collectively practice fire and manoeuvre, command and control, and tactics, techniques and procedures in a realistic synthetic environment.

Realistic synthetic training environment

4C Strategies will be an integral part of the NSC solution that has been chosen to deliver a Unit Based Virtual Trainer (UBVT) to the British Army. UBVT will manage and provide a diverse range of exercises designed to prepare Regular and Reserve personnel for future operations. Complementing rather than replacing field exercises, UBVT will enable units to collectively practice fire and manoeuvre, command and control, and tactics, techniques and procedures in a realistic synthetic environment and consequently get greater benefit from live training opportunities.

Enhancing effectiveness on the battlefield

Training employing Virtual simulation provides a realistic environment in which soldiers can hone the vital skills needed to deal with unpredictable and hostile situations. UBVT exploits the MOD’s Defence Virtual Simulation, a state-of-the-art, game-based military simulation run on a network of laptop computers.

4C Strategies will support NSC with the provision of Exonaut®, a comprehensive training progression and exercise management tool. The planning and programming tool, already in use in NATO, will be used to book and modify UBVT events. This will be complemented by 4C Strategies’ unique Training Progression and Exercise Management toolsets, which will manage and track collective training achievements.

“UBVT will deliver a training event to a unit that will focus and challenge all levels of personnel. Activity can be conducted or a mission rehearsed in any environment without constraints such as a shortage of vehicles, training estate or ammunition. Innovative systems like UBVT will raise exercise start standards, enable more challenging training, ultimately enhancing a soldier’s effectiveness on the battlefield. The Exonaut® suite, already utilised at the higher collective training levels, will provide a sophisticated booking and allocation capability and enable units to better track training progress through low level collective training to ensure they are better prepared subsequent training and the Chain of Command (CoC) is able to better focus that training to the unit’s needs”, says Major Simon Roberts who works in Simulation, Training and Development for the British Army.

“The outputs will help enable the CoC to plan subsequent collective training events more effectively, understand where risk lies and determine where scarce resource is best allocated. It will also provide an ever-growing data base of exploitable information to support the Army’s experimentation, development and learning requirements”, says Brig (Retd) David Paterson OBE, Director of Military Business Development at 4C Strategies.

“The inclusion of Exonaut® within UBVT, provides an enabler for coherence within the Army Training progression. We are delighted to be working with 4C Strategies, an organisation with a similar delivery-centric mindset to our own, in order to deliver this capability” said Jeremy Spurr, NSC Chief Executive.

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