Gunning For Realism
(Source : Ministry of Defence, Singapore ; issued Jan. 22, 2002)
You think that aircraft attack, artillery bombardment and minefields can only be experienced in wartime. But Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) soldiers are facing these scenarios in their peacetime training - through the new Armour Gunnery Tactical Simulator (AGTS).
The AGTS is the first of its kind in the world to be designed with a 'plug-and-play' concept, which allows it to be re-configured to simulate different armor platforms. This means that soldiers can train on a variety of armored fighting platforms in the SAF using the same simulator.
Unlike live firing exercises, where 'dummy' targets are used, the simulator offers highly intelligent computer-generated 'forces' to provide realistic enemy play. As these dynamic virtual foes are capable of moving, spotting, firing back and out-maneuvering, trainees' speed of reaction and alertness is enhanced as a result.
In addition, the new system has 3D terrain databases modeled after actual training areas in Singapore. The virtual environment created is so detailed and realistic that trails are left behind when the vehicle moves over soft vegetation.