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For training the operators of the 18 amphibious bridge devices M3, the Indonesian army has received team trainers who represent the environment with virtual reality (VR). VR immerses the trainee in the real environment with an illusory suggestion (immersion) and enables particularly intensive and effective practical training.

At the beginning, the participants learn the theoretical basics of operating the bridge devices through an e-learning program. Then they drive the amphibious vehicles individually on land and in water in the simulation. Then the transition from land to water and vice versa is trained.

Team-Trainer mit Virtual Reality für Amphibie M3
Photo: scenarios

The interaction of several amphibious vehicles for the construction of ferries and bridges is then trained in virtual team training. The ferry operator, who is responsible for the entire operation and is equipped with a VR headset, gives his commands with the help of hand signals that are transmitted in real time to virtual reality. The de-briefing room is used for debriefing the exercise. During the de-briefing, the following group is already carrying out the next exercise in the simulator room.

Only when the participants have shown in virtual reality that they can operate the vehicle safely and build ferries in a team can they move the 28-ton vehicles in real practice.

Team-Trainer mit Virtual Reality für Amphibie M3

The VR team trainer for Indonesia (VTTI) is manufactured by the scenarios company, which has developed and installed numerous applications for e-learning and handling training with simulation in armed forces, authorities and industry.

The amphibious bridge and ferry vehicle M3 from General Dynamics European Land Systems-Germany was introduced in 1996 by the Bundeswehr as the first user and has since been sold to five other user states. It is a two-axle all-wheel drive and steered floating vehicle that can be coupled to a floating bridge or operated as a ferry. During the NATO exercise Anaconda 2016, German and British pioneers used the M3 to build a 350 m long floating bridge in world record length.

Gerhard Heiming