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Navy Applies Virtualization Tech to Marine Corps Training

Jeff Brody

The U.S. Navy tested an existing 3D virtual training platform for the use of marines assigned to perform command, control, communications, computers and intelligence operations. Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic included the Multi-purpose Reconfigurable Training System in a new equipment training package designed for C4I across marines' communication systems and submarines, the Navy said Thursday.

The technology was originally designed for U.S. Navy submarine crew. MRTS is a touch-screen system allowing submariners to train in virtual environments simulating actual submarine radio rooms. This approach would not require individuals to enter submarines for training. Teams from the center repurposed the technology and developed a virtual training system structured to accommodate the Marine Corps Mobile User Objective System.

“We are the first team to embrace the submarine trainer technology outside of the submarine community and apply it to MUOS radios,” said Jack Buchanan, who leads the Marine Corps communication systems team at NIWC Atlantic.

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