DARPA developing test bed for squad-level tech
- By Mark Pomerleau
- Jul 16, 2015
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a contract to Intific for a virtual test bed that will help evaluate squad-level technologies developed under DARPA's Squad X Core Technologies program, which seeks to give small squads real-time situational awareness and precision armaments technologies through lightweight systems.
The prototype test bed platform will “adapt the latest innovations in first-person gaming engines and add defense-specific scenario- and technology-generation systems,” Intific said. The test bed’s combination of game-based, virtual and realistic training applications is expected to accurately model real military systems, making it easier to validate tools and technologies.
The virtual test bed follows a continuing trend in virtual reality training, which has been used for partner building exercises and rehabilitation.
Mark Pomerleau is a former editorial fellow with GCN and Defense Systems.