UK Army performs virtual battle simulation to assess preparedness


by CBR Staff Writer| 31 January 2013

The move was aimed at finding out which resources it needs to invest in after obtaining control of its own budget in April 2013.

The UK Army has carried out a virtual battle simulation that involved 220 soldiers at its Land Warfare Centre in Warminster, Wiltshire.

The project, known as Urban Warrior 5, was developed with an investment of £1m and was built with VBS2 software.

Claimed to be the largest virtual battle simulation, soldiers were involved in completing virtual missions in a fictional French town of Lovelle, during the two-hour scenario.

Army force development assistant head, Col Tim Law, told the BBC that the aim is to understand how various changes have an impact on the speed at which commands can respond.

"We're trying to determine exactly what we need to fight and win the wars of tomorrow," Law said.

The process involved altering variables including the number of troops on the ground and the total surveillance and communication available, in a bid to acquire essential data regarding the most useful component during a battle situation.

"We have already determined in this experiment that it's better for them to be at battlefield HQ, feeding information down the line and planning ahead," Law added.

The Army is planning to conduct simulations involving different troops until June 2013, upon which all the data will be assessed.

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