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NZDF (New Zealand Defense Force) buys the VBS4 from BISim

BISim (Bohemia Interactive Simulations) has announced an agreement with the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) to purchase BISim’s VBS4 simulation software. The NZDF plans to use it for its Tactical Command and Control training program.

BISim (Bohemia Interactive Simulations) has just announced an agreement with the NZDF (New Zealand Defense Force) for the purchase of licenses for BISim’s VBS4 simulation software. The NZDF plans to use it for its Tactical Command and Control training program.

VBS blue engine

Unlike other game engine-based simulations, VBS4’s “VBS Blue” engine was developed specifically to serve the field of military simulation and training. The VBS Blue engine simultaneously provides users with millimeter precision and global scalability.

Partial screenshot shows one way NZDF could deploy VBS4

Managing Director of Bohemia Interactive Australia, Ryan Stephenson says:

“VBS4 provides a complete virtual computer training environment with full Earth rendering for tactical training, experimentation and mission rehearsal. The software functions as a powerful simulation host for any image generator and supports a wide range of individual, team and collective activities down to battle group level.

VBS4 supports large-scale virtual scenarios and has hundreds of authentic military training uses. It also has a flexible terrain import system that can incorporate and deploy large amounts of complex terrain data from virtually any source. It is envisaged that this is a feature that NZDF will put to good use.

In addition to desktop use, VBS4 has “out-of-the-box” integration with VR (virtual reality) and MR (mixed reality) virtual reality headsets, including the Varjo XR-3 and other headsets commercial/military ready. off-the-shelf (COTS/MOTS) hardware (such as armored fighting vehicle weapons controllers).

This provides the NZDF with common simulation software that can be redeployed into a wide variety of its training scenarios. Thus reducing the TCO (total cost of ownership) of the product.

Example of the type of virtual terrain that NZDF could generate with VBS4

Example of the type of virtual terrain that NZDF could generate with VBS4

The NZDF is also a long-time user of BISim’s Terratools virtual terrain simulation software. It has been used to construct a number of highly detailed tactical maps of New Zealand Army training sites.

In fact, NZDF has been using BISim’s products for over 15 years. BISim intends to continue to provide software, support, product training and development services through its local subsidiary Bohemia Interactive Australia (BIA).

About BISim

A subsidiary of BAE Systems Inc. and originally founded in 2001, BISim (Bohemia Interactive Simulations) is a global software company. It produces a range of simulation and training software development for defense and civilian organizations. Its engineers use the latest gaming-based technologies to develop high-fidelity, cost-effective training and simulation software products.

Thousands of service members around the world are trained using VBS software products. More than 60 NATO and NATO friendly nations and more than 300 system integrators and prime contractors deploy VBS technology. Its customers include the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, Canadian Armed Forces, French Armed Forces, Bundeswehr, Swedish Armed Forces, Australian Defense Forces and, of course, the NZDF. In fact, BISim’s VBS products have become one of the most widely used commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product lines in the military simulation industry.

Rodney N.

The author Rodney N.