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IAF leverages VR for maintenance training

16 November 2017

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is using virtual reality (VR) headsets and 3D models to provide maintenance training for technicians and engineers.

The training systems have been developed by the IAF’s Educational Research and Development Section, located at the IAF’s Technological Air Force Base in Haifa.

Approximately 15 conscripted soldiers, who received IAF programming training, have been developing such systems, saving the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) significant funds that would have otherwise gone to procurement, according to the Educational Research and Development Section Commander, Major Esti Greenbaum.

Warrant Officer Sahar Tzur, head of the Advanced Multimedia Department, told Jane’s that the IAF had established a VR room consisting of five workstations, and one command and control station, from which the instructor directs and communicates with the trainees.

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