Marines test augmented reality system during live-fire training exercisesNews
September 01, 2015
ARLINGTON, Va. Engineers at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Marines taking the Infantry Officer Course teamed up to test ONR’s Augmented Immersive Team Trainer (AITT) system during a live-fire training exercise.
The test was conducted at the Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. The AITT program is part of the ONR Capable Manpower Future Naval Capability. It will wrap up its final year with a large-scale demonstration at Quantico. Pending the results of a Marine Corps assessment in October, the program will transition to the Marine Corps Program Manager for Training Systems for further testing and development.
The AITT system is comprised of a laptop, software, battery pack, and a helmet-mounted display. The technology of the system supports live and virtual training scenarios by superimposing virtual objects onto the real environment. It bypasses challenges such as the wait time for a test range and can use virtual ground vehicles, aircraft, and munitions.
Maj. George Flynn, director of the Infantry Officer Course stated that the system can eliminate maintenance issues or weather-related restrictions, he continued on to say that the AITT system can be used “as part of a company training event, a rifle platoon could be conducting a live-fire attack on a range at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, while the Fire Support Team could be on the hill practicing employing fires in support of maneuver, using virtual effects.”
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