Marines Put ONR’s Augmented Reality System to a Test with Live-Fire Testing

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AITT-August-2015-demo-220x142Marines enrolled in a Infantry Officer Course were means to use Office of Naval Research (ONR)-developed protracted existence record for a initial time as partial of live-fire training exercises, ONR officials announced Aug. 31.

The Marines, as partial of a Infantry Officer Course, had a eventuality to try out ONR’s Augmented Immersive Team Trainer (AITT) element Aug. 5–6 during a exam operation on a southern corner of Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. The AITT system—which is comprised of a laptop, module and battery pack, and a helmet-mounted display—can support a far-reaching array of live, practical and cutting-edge training scenarios. It uses protracted reality, that means that practical objects are superimposed onto a genuine environment—like a yellow first-down lines combined to radio broadcasts of football games for a advantage of viewers during home. This differs from practical reality, that is a unconditionally computer-generated sourroundings in that users douse themselves.

“The AITT element is like a Marine Corps itself: lean, flexible and adaptable,” pronounced Brig. Gen. Julian Alford, clamp arch of naval investigate and autocratic ubiquitous of a Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory. “This affordable lightweight element can be taken anywhere—turning any sourroundings into a training ground—and could be used to ready Marines for real-world situations and environments they will face.”

The margin apportionment of a “call-for-fire” training enclosed aircraft and munitions, that are dear and time-consuming to set up, staff and equip, though an critical partial of a training knowledge for a tyro officers. The wait time for a exam operation can be 6 to 12 months, sleet can cancel a contrast and it can be formidable to get resources in place, given apparatus can mangle down.

The AITT totally bypasses these hurdles by regulating practical belligerent vehicles, aircraft and munitions.

“The element creates a training easier and eliminates a upkeep issues or weather-related restrictions that can prune down or cancel training,” pronounced Maj. George Flynn, executive of a Infantry Officer Course. “For instance, this element can use practical atmosphere support, so even if it’s raining, a students can still be training, removing certainty and training a points of contracting aviation assets.”

The element will capacitate a tyro officers to use practical resources to element live training or to get additional use repetitions but carrying to use live assets, pronounced Dr. Peter Squire, a module officer with ONR’s Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department who’s heading a AITT effort. “And instead of regulating your imagination, now we can see practical effects from a blasts, like smoke.”

Flynn emphasized that saying practical effects creates it most easier for a tyro to design a situation. “Rather than carrying a instructor paint a design to a tyro but anything happening, now a tyro can get a visible of a aircraft they’ve been determining in support of a scheme on a deck,” he said. Flynn envisioned some-more intensity uses for AITT in a future: “For example, as partial of a association training event, a purloin crew could be conducting a live-fire conflict on a operation during a Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, while a Fire Support Team could be on a mountain practicing contracting fires in support of maneuver, regulating practical effects.”

The AITT program—part of a ONR Capable Manpower Future Naval Capability—will hang adult a fifth and final year with a large-scale proof during Quantico, scheduled for October. Pending a formula of a Marine Corps comment in October, a module will transition to a Marine Corps Program Manager for Training Systems for serve contrast and development.

Source: ONR