US DoD investment in VR and AR set to increase

The US Department of Defence (DoD) is set to increase its investment in virtual, augmented or mixed reality training in the coming years, according to Frost & Sullivan.

Mobile and distributed training technologies continue to offer an important way of dealing with the training for high tempo and dynamic training situations. Frost & Sullivan belive that it is vital that industry participants focus on creating secure, robust and realistic virtual environments.

“New disruptive, innovative technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) devices, immersive motion systems, and artificial intelligence (AI) are transforming how training is tracked, evaluated, and administered,” said Frost & Sullivan Aerospace & Defense Research Director Michael Blades. 

“These technologies can provide individual or group training in a virtual environment while enabling job requirements, personalized training programs, retention, combat readiness, and repetition at a low cost when and where needed.”

‘faster, more innovative solutions’

The research finds that the US Navy is set to spend the most on training and simulation, between $6 million and $6.12 million between 2016 and 2021.

The report puts forward a number of strategic imperatives for success and growth in the DoD simulation market:

  • utilising global networks and smart devices like phones and tablets so that training can be provided in any environment
  • using cheaper motion cueing systems in the place of expensive full-motion simulators where possible  

“The DoD continues to emphasize mixed-reality training programs with robust, secure networking based on non-proprietary open operating systems. However, military budget uncertainties have been and will continue to be the top constraint to investment in new and innovative training and simulation technologies,” noted Blades.

“Leveraging partnerships with flexible, software-focused commercial technology firms through the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental should lead to faster, more innovative solutions if executed properly.”

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