Combined Arms Virtual Environment (CAVE) training dome and desktop systems in use
The US Navy is using MetaVR’s visuals in its Combined Arms Virtual Environment (CAVE) training dome and desktop systems. Recently, MetaVR’s business partner Battlespace Simulations (BSI) installed the latest CAVE system at the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific (EWTGPAC) in San Diego, CA/USA. The CAVE training system provides an immersive, large field-of-view partial dome display for sea- and land-based individual and team training in supporting arms and close air support.
The CAVE is comprised of student desktop stations in a partial dome, an instructor/operator station (IOS), a role-player station, and a supporting arms station in an adjoining classroom. Ten VRSG channels are used in the CAVE to provide out-the-window (OTW) views for the partial dome, instructor station, and role player station, supporting arms station, as well as views for UAV camera feed and emulated military equipment (EME) devices. The CAVE also uses MetaVR’s geospecific 3D terrain, and model libraries. The system uses BSI’s MACE as the CGF/SAF, as well as other BSI software: Viper DIS radio for an operationally realistic communications environment, DIScord for after action review and debrief, Open Street Map server, combat radio interface, and several BSI-designed emulated military equipment (EME) devices to include a portable lightweight designator/rangefinder (PLDR), Vector21 binocular laser rangefinder, and an IZLID infrared illuminator.
Earlier this year, BSI installed a CAVE system at the Joint Expeditionary Base-Little Creek, Virginia Beach, VA. The first US Navy site to adopt the CAVE system was the Joint Close Air Support branch at the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC) at NAS Fallon, NV. NAWDC Joint Close Air Support School uses the CAVE for the simulation training portion of the JTAC qualification course for all Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) JTAC students. All three CAVE systems replaced legacy Multi-Purpose Supporting Arms Training (MSAT) systems, repurposing the 5m 240 degree FOV domes from those legacy systems.