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IT²EC 2024: Latest version of BISim's VBS4 to feature munition-equipped UAVs

VBS4 24.1, the latest version of BISim's VBS4 virtual simulation software pictured being used by MoD personnel with commercial-off-the-shelf hardware, is due to be released in May. (Bohemia Interactive Simulations )

The latest version of Bohemia Interactive Simulations' (BISim's) Virtual Battlespace 4 (VBS4) environment will feature munition-equipped unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the company announced at the International Training Technology Exhibition & Conference (IT2EC) 2024 held from 9 to 11 April in London.

VBS4 is a virtual desktop training environment with whole-earth rendering for tactical training, experimentation, and mission rehearsal.

The latest version – VBS4 24.1 – is due to be released by the end of May and will integrate all major gun-tank variants of the T-72 main battle tank and will include a new feature that allows any UAV to drop improvised munitions or have impact-detonating munitions, the company detailed.

Control AI will now also be default in VBS4 24.1, which the company says is a “big step towards removing all legacy ‘game' AI from the product”.

In June 2022 the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) chose VBS4 and the company's VBS Blue Image Generator as the solution for their Defence Virtual Simulation (DVS2). DVS2 is the MoD's common virtual simulation tool, providing interoperable, accessible, and deployable virtual simulation across the MoD.

BAE Systems acquired BISim in March 2022 for USD200 million.

For more information on the company's Virtual Battlespace offerings, please see Bohemia Interactive Simulations – Virtual Battlespace .

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