Virtual Battlefield

FOR the Service’s new breed of young soldiers, combat scenarios from the virtual front lines are almost as familiar as the challenges posed by operating for real in Afghanistan.

Military titles such as Call of Duty and Battlefield are a mainstay of today’s PlayStation generation and the Army has been using similar gaming technology to prepare troops for the ongoing campaign in Helmand province.

Op Joint Combat Operations Virtual Environment (JCOVE) guides personnel through a host of situations that are likely to occur in theatre and this crucial training is being delivered via the simple click of a button on a laptop computer.

The hi-tech system, delivered by Surrey-based company NSC, was introduced in 2007 with a specific focus on vehicle convoy skills but has since undergone a significant expansion to incorporate the tactics, techniques and procedures of a much wider sphere…