U.S. troops train in digital replicas of real world

Apr 24, 2018, 7:58 AM EDT
(Source: SC National Guard/flickr)
(Source: SC National Guard/flickr)

The U.S. Army is adding a touch of realism to its combat drills by creating digital replicas of the real world where troops encounter a diverse range of terrains and challenges in life-like simulations.

The army has developed a new system that extracts satellite imagery, street view data, and other readily-available information to create Synthetic Training Environments, mimicking the exact conditions the soldiers would face should they carry out an operation in that territory, notes Futurism.

Virtual training has been a part of the army’s drills but in the past, it lacked realism and variety, the limitations that have been eliminated by the new system, writes Defense News.