Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), the company behind the game-based military training tool - Virtual Battlespace 2 (VBS2), is proud to announce that they have been awarded a USD $10.3m contract to further develop VBS2’s capabilities for the US Marine Corps (USMC).
Already a highly valued customer of BISim, the USMC has chosen to further invest in VBS2, an important component of their soon-to-be upgraded Deployable Virtual Training Environment (DVTE). The DVTE is a laptop-based platform for a wide variety of training simulations in the USMC. The new contract will deliver specific VBS2 enhancements and capabilities to the Marines, in addition to ongoing software support and maintenance.
BISim will continue to upgrade the call-for-fire and close air support capability of VBS2 in accordance with the needs of the USMC, and VBS2 will emulate a wider range of USMC devices related to these types of tasks. BISim will also improve the terrain capabilities within VBS2 including support for physics-based destructible buildings, improved editing capabilities in the terrain tools, improved visual appearance of 2D terrains maps in VBS2 (and printing support), and further improvement of procedural terrain generation capabilities. These enhancements will make working with, and developing within, VBS2 even faster and easier.
The contract also includes software support including the provision of a telephone helpdesk, a web portal, delivery of VBS2 training, and ongoing software maintenance to ensure the USMC stays up-to-date with the latest VBS2 technology.
Peter Morrison, CEO of BISim, said “This award highlights the mutual commitment between the USMC and BISim to game-based learning, by enhancing the capabilities of VBS2 and maintaining it as the premier military game for training. We are focused on delivering state-of-the-art game technology to organizations like the USMC, and new features like physics-based destructible buildings will deliver exciting new training possibilities to all of our customers.”
VBS2 is a game-based virtual training solution for collective military tactical training and mission rehearsal. VBS2 is an ‘open platform’ highly realistic multi-participant virtual environment that provides scenario editors, run-time scenario editing, after-action review and content development capability. VBS2 is a virtual sandbox that is employed daily by all ABCA Armies and many other premier military forces. VBS2 training courses are available. VBS2 is based on the ‘Arma’ series of computer games, developed by our sister company, Bohemia Interactive Studio.
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.