Orlando, FL - Bohemia Interactive Simulations, a global developer of game-based simulation software solutions, announced today that the Belgian MOD acquired site licenses to use Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3) at several training centers across the country for tactical training.

“We are pleased to welcome the Belgian military into the very active group of European countries using VBS3 for military training,” said Pete Morrison, BISim’s Co-CEO. “VBS3 has a long history of delivering cost-effective and quickly deployable desktop simulation for maneuver training.”

VBS3 provides an immersive virtual environment that helps soldiers train on tactics, rehearse for missions, and practice standard operating procedures. With its After Action Review tool, the software is designed to help soldiers learn to think, make decisions and improve communications before heading to the field for live exercises. VBS3 is used for tactical training and mission rehearsal on desktop computers as well as part-task trainers and full-mission simulators. The Belgian MOD will receive VBS3 with VBS Gateway, a brand new, easy-to-use interoperability gateway for DIS/HLA interactions.

According to Major Jan Vandamme, Simulation Center Chief at Leopoldsburg, the Center for Simulation Land (CSim) was created in 2013 to contribute to the success of Belgian military operations. It increases education and training efficiency by proposing exercises and training events that would not be possible without simulation due to the cost, safety risks, time limitations or lack of material.

“VBS3 will give us this capability for tactical training at Squad and Platoon level in a Joint & Combined Arms environment, allowing Forward Observers, Combat Engineers, Pilots and many others to cooperate directly with small manoeuvre units,” said Major Vandamme. “We are also confident that the pedagogical strengths of VBS3 – an immersive environment that allows trainees to learn by executing their future tasks, a powerful After Action Review tool and the opportunity for multiple repetitions in a short amount of time – will have a positive effect on the success rate and level of competence of students at our Manoeuvre School.”