The system brings a new level of flexibility, mobility and
cost-efficiency to this key area of training by simulating
traditional training techniques in a computer-generated
A key issue for military and humanitarian organisations is
delivery of improved effectiveness in Counter-IED and mine
clearance training at an affordable price. Current training
practices are a mix of classroom study and practical work on
purpose-built training lanes. In the military environment, this is
becoming increasingly important as Counter-IED capabilities are now
introduced as part of every soldier's basic training.
Cobham Antenna Systems has developed a fully-immersive virtual
reality (VR) training system, which allows a student to be
virtually transported to a location and environment, representative
of where equipment will be used. In this computer-generated world,
the student can learn how to use leading-edge detectors, such as
MINEHOUND, on virtual training lanes.
The immersive virtual reality system consists of a headset worn
by the student, and ergonomically representative hand-held detector
coupled to an accurate three-dimensional tracking system and a PC
that hosts the synthetic environment.