Russian military to introduce ‘virtual battlefield’ training by 2013

The Russian military intends to move towards “virtual battlefield” military training by 2013, Chief of the General Staff Gen. Nikolai Makarov said on Wednesday.

He said the news system would be “comparable and in some aspects even superior to those implemented in countries with the most advanced military forces.”

The general said the new system should be based on the latest achievements in computer simulation technology and reflect the reality of modern conflicts.

“We must adopt quickly…and figure out as soon as possible how to train our soldiers and the military as a whole,” he said.

Makarov highly praised “virtual battlefield” simulations, developed by the Russian Transas New Technologies Company, where battle actions are modeled with 3-D computer graphics, computational geometry and artificial intelligence.

A source in the Western military district told RIA Novosti on Wednesday that the new system of combat training would be initially implemented on the strategic command/army level and “gradually bought down to the brigade level.”

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