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AR/VR In Military

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Introduction

One of the first VR projects was developed in the 1960s for a US military combat system. Since then, virtual reality has been simulating real-life experiences, and now, it has enabled us to launch our virtual avatars in the virtual world and interact with others like in the real world. One of the main advantages of Virtual reality is the ability to immerse users in a virtual yet safe world.

VR Training in the Military

Developments in AR and VR are having a significant impact on military training. AR and VR developers are developing technology to bring warfare concepts into reality. These tools are heavily helpful in reducing the cost of preparing soldiers. The places where most training ranges don't offer opportunities to train in the environment, this is where VR comes into play. Some of the key features of VR training are listed below.

  1. Best Experience
    It offers training exercises that are too rare, too expensive, or too dangerous to be done in real life. This can be used to teach awareness, build skills, and provide valuable experiences to help when real life requires it. It can enhance cognitive ability


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  2. Real-Time Analysis
    With AR/VR technology, instructors can get real-time information on their trainees' performance in a simulated scenario, allowing them to pass on quick, detailed feedback to each trainee. This helps trainees identify and explore their personal strengths and weaknesses and work on their weaknesses a lot better.
     
  3. Scalable Training
    It is very crucial to build capacity for practical training at an enormous scale which the military requires. This is also where AR/VR helps in large-scale training. It enables the military to train the soldiers at an accelerated pace.
     
  4. Operational And Situational Awareness
    Augmented reality is giving the commanders an opportunity by providing tools for better monitoring of operational space, time, and forces, and this helps them exploit situational awareness.
     
  5. Medical Applications
    VR can be helpful in treating PTSD, helping the new recruiters adapt quickly without any anxiety to military life. Medics can also be benefited as they can quickly analyze the situation without much injury.
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VR in Military Missions

VR helps with improvement in decision-making and tactics in actual combat situations. A kind of rehearsal can be performed before the actual mission. This lets troops get familiar with the war scene, and they can easily grasp the situation. By running simulations, the commander can also get an idea of the possible outcomes and set better plans.

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Disadvantages of AR/VR in military

  1. Relying too much on VR
    It might happen that the commander who makes key decisions rely too much on AR enhancement. Should that happen, then any disruption of augmented reality systems will allow the enemy to gain a significant advantage.
     
  2. Security
    Storing data in AR/VR has always been a major concern in the military. Any security failure can lead the crew to face heavy loss.
     
  3. Information Overload
    It might be possible that the data present is not appropriately structured. This might create more of a hindrance than improvement. Therefore, proper maintenance of data is required.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is AR?

AR or Augmented Reality is a means by which our physical world can be combined with Digital Information.AR provides a way to superimpose our physical world with computer-generated images.

What is VR?
Virtual reality or VR is a fully immersive experience that obscures the natural world. It is the use of computer technology to create simulated environments. Virtual reality places the user inside a three-dimensional experience. Instead of learning in front of a screen, users are immersed in and interact with 3D worlds.

Should our military be relying on AR/VR?

No. Our military should not completely rely on AR/VR because any disruption in the AR system will lead the enemy to gain control. Also, physique is as much important in any military.

Conclusion

In this article, we have extensively discussed the use of AR/VR in the military and various pros as well as some cons of using it. Nowadays, AR/VR tools are widely getting used in the military. More and more training and rehearsal platforms are developing. Effective and scalable training is becoming feasible. Safer training is possible now.

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