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British Military Invests £1M into Headsets that Create Hostile VR Environments for Soldiers Training

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A soldier wears a virtual reality headset during a training exercise.

The British Army is testing the use of virtual reality headsets to combine virtual environments with physical objects for a mixed-reality training experience.

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The British Army is testing virtual reality (VR) headsets that can combine virtual environments with physical objects to create a mixed-reality training experience.

The Virtual Reality Training pilot is being tested by the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MOD) through a million-pound contract with Czech software developer Bohemia Interactive, with the eventual goal of integrating the technology within frontline military training.

The VR headsets can create a range of complex and hostile scenarios, such as heavy cross-fires and crowds, which can be difficult to achieve through traditional "live" training formats.

Said Brigadier Bobby Walton-Knight CBE, head of training capability at the MOD, "The technology could save the military a significant amount of money in the long term as it removes costs that range from transporting soldiers to training grounds, as well as the costs of equipment."

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