Dublin-based VR simulation company VRAI has landed a significant partnership with BAE Systems to use virtual reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to develop the “next generation training for military forces of tomorrow”.
The two firms say they want to develop a single synthetic environment (metaverse) to enable air, land, sea, space, and cyber forces to plug in and train alongside one another in a single virtual world.
VRAI says its technology allows them to provide performance insights using machine learning and massive datasets generated by synthetic training to assist people working in hazardous environments, including military forces.
The initial proof of concept, to be delivered by BAE Systems by the end of 2022, will see the company integrate multi-domain (air, land, sea, space & cyber) synthetic environments to enable complex collective training scenarios in a secure environment.
Militaries worldwide are focused on using new technologies to remove their personnel from the personal risks of military training.
“The modern battlespace is constantly changing, and by collaborating with cutting-edge companies like VRAI, we can meet this challenge and help our armed forces stay ahead of the curve,” says Sir Stuart Atha, defence capability director for BAE Systems’ air sector.
By capturing, storing and evaluating individual user performance data within a simulation, we can deliver actionable insights to instructors actionable insights, personalised to each trainee. Our work with BAE Systems will enable us to bring these insights right to the front line of training,” says Niall Campion, VRAI co-founder.
In Ireland, the Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said that the State’s defence budget would rise from €1.1 billion to €1.5 billion by 2028 last week, with €8 billion to be spent on defence in Ireland between now and then, with an increased focus on new technologies likely to be part of that.
According to Allied Market Research, the global virtual training and simulation market size was valued at $204.41 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach $601.85 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 13.7% from 2020 to 2027.