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The Australian & New Zealand Defence Forces purchase VBS2 2.0 Enterprise Licence upgrades

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The ADF and NZDF purchase VBS2 2.0 Enterprise Licence upgrades

Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) is very pleased to announce that both the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) have upgraded their enterprise licenses to the exciting new VBS2 v2.0!

The multi-million dollar contract extension by the ADF includes VBS2 and VBS2Fires license upgrades, gold support, VBS2Fusion, and the revolutionary VBS2Strike for game-based forward air control training. The ADF have been employing VBS since 2005, when VBS1 was used to train soldiers deploying to Iraq. The ADF have been central to the evolution of the product, and most recently, the ADF funded the development of a range of amphibious simulation capabilities including the LCM-8 and Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) at very high levels of detail.

The NZDF has also been employing VBS2 for many years, and is a strong proponent of games for training. The NZDF recognises the requirement for a standard visualisation and virtual environment that can be reused, developed and shared across all services. VBS2 delivers fidelity and flexibility that is more costly in traditional military simulations.

Corporal Dion Climo from the New Zealand Army Simulation Centre said, “VBS2 is the most efficient virtual training platform for our soldiers. It is easily taught to those with minimal experience in computing and can be used to reinforce almost every area of military tactics, training and procedures from domestic to operational, at all levels of command. In addition it can be easily configured to work with other systems for experimentation/analysis and in my mind there is currently no rival to VBS2 in the military training arena. With the comprehensive support Bohemia Interactive offers, it makes sense to continue with what works.”

BISim is very proud of our working history and relationship with both the ADF and NZDF, and we are committed to delivering the highest levels of support to these key customers.

Pete Morrison, CEO, BISim, said “Both the ADF and NZDF have played vital roles in proving the potential of games for training, and it is very encouraging to see their commitment to this important technology over the long term.”

VBS2 v2.0 will be rolled out in the third quarter of 2012, and BISim looks forward to serving the ADF and NZDF for years to come.

About VBS2
VBS2 is a game-based virtual training solution suited for collective military tactical training and mission rehearsal. VBS2 is an ‘open platform’ that provides scenario editors, run-time scenario editing, after-action review and content development capability in addition to a highly realistic multi-participant virtual environment. VBS2 is a virtual sandbox that is employed daily by all ABCA Armies and most other premier military forces. VBS2 training courses are available. For more information please visit http://www.bisimulations.com and www.facebook.com/bisimulations

About Us:
Bohemia Interactive Simulations is a world leader in providing simulation technologies and integrated training solutions for military and civilian organizations around the globe. With origins in the gaming industry, BISim has repeatedly delivered high fidelity, low cost, disruptive technology into the virtual, tactical military simulation domain. BISim has successfully exploited game-based technology with stunning visuals and applied this to a range of breakthrough, military-specific simulation products.

Since its founding in 2001, BISim has produced several state-of-the-art serious game products. Our primary focus has been the development of the Virtual Battlespace series; delivering flexible, high fidelity, virtual environments for multi-participant training across a wide range of critical areas. The flagship product in this series is the Virtual Battlespace 2 (VBS2).

In addition to our products, we offer training and development services for all our current products, ensuring our customers are not only satisfied, but highly successful. With clients in dozens of countries, and development studios in Australia, the Czech Republic, United States and United Kingdom, BISim maintains a truly global focus. Our developmental effort concentrates on delivering state-of-the-art technology to meet the specific needs of the military customer and directly supports the troops on the ground.

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