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Photos: Inside the Army's war games

MoD simulator takes lead from computer gaming…
By Julian Goldsmith, Contributor on
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MoD simulator takes lead from computer gaming…

The MoD has turned to computer games to give army drivers sent to the Middle East some experience of the situations they might encounter in the field.

The software, based on a game called Armed Assault published by Bohemia Interactive, is being used to teach soldiers in the Royal Logistics Corps techniques and procedures for road convoy operations and help them learn how to react to events in the field including coming under fire, roadside bombs and ambushes.

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The trainees use VoIP headsets to communicate with each other.

The system uses foot pedals and steering wheels to control the simulation, while classroom control software allows instructors to tutor the trainees as they use the simulation.

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The Joint Combat Operation Virtual Environment (JCOVE) system is supplied to the MoD by Newman and Spurr Consultancy in a managed service contract worth up to £2m.

Troops are being trained in the UK, Germany and in the field in Afghanistan.

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According to an MoD spokeswoman, troops who have been trained with the JCOVE system have already been deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

While serving their tours of duty, these drivers will transport soldiers, combat supplies and materials across the battlefield and provide security in forward bases.

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Although the system is based on a commercially available computer game, the MoD has been granted certain rights over unlocking the British vehicles within it.

The software may also be adapted to train drivers in a civilian environment.

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In a statement, MoD minister for defence equipment and support Baroness Taylor said: "The MoD is committed to train the UK's forces in the best way possible within a relevant contemporary operational environment, with modern effective equipment that promotes confidence.

"The Royal Logistic Corps are the backbone of military supply convoys in theatre. This latest technology saves lives on operations."

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