Sigma Defense to Develop VR System for US Army Intelligence Training

Technology company Sigma Defense Systems has signed a $4.7 million task order to build a virtual reality intelligence training ecosystem for the US Army.

Under the deal, the Georgia-based firm will build, demonstrate, and deploy a next-generation training platform for the army’s Operator Maintainer Immersive Virtual Reality Environment for Intelligence Training (OMNIVORE-IT) project.

The resulting system will leverage augmented intelligence and spatial computing technologies to create a virtual training space for warfighters.

Sigma wrote that the task order confirms the company’s dedication to employing advanced solutions that amplify warfighter performance across combined joint all-domain command and control missions.

Work for the contract will be facilitated for one year in partnership with Virginia-based augmented and virtual reality developer Brightline Interactive.

“The ability … to create an ecosystem that can be instantaneously changed and deployed will provide soldiers field-level maintenance training for all emerging Intelligence Warfighting Function systems as well as some enduring systems across multiple training domains,” Sigma Defense Executive Vice President Thor James stated.

“In addition, the utilization of cloud based spatial computing, AI workflows, and augmented reality environments are innovative, next-generation technologies that further enable our vision of autonomously connecting people, systems, and data using open-source standards.”

US Army’s Latest VR Training Efforts

The US Army announced the start of tests for its Texas-based virtual indoor military training environments in March.

In February, the agency completed a virtual shooting training using an AI-enabled weapon simulator for special forces personnel in Colorado.

A month earlier, the army awarded a contract to defense industry partner CAE for simulators that will train practice pilots of the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft.

In 2021, the US Department of Defense launched a virtual reality simulation center to prepare ground troops for air defense systems operations.

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