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02 December 2015

I/ITSEC 2015: Netherlands MoD and RE-liON Sign Contract

As the fruits of a long-lasting and intense technology development collaboration, the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD) has entered into a contract with RE-liON to provide multiple BLACKSUIT simulation systems.

RE-liON BLACKSUIT Mk1 System.

The BLACKSUIT Mk1 system allows groups of Infantry and Special Operations Forces to train and prepare for missions using virtual reality (VR). This deployable system allows for tactical and mental team training, using endlessly variable virtual environments with computer generated opposing forces programmed to exact requirements.

The primary building blocks of the system are:
1. Full-body VR suits - worn over uniforms by the trainees and instructors, registering every action.
2. After Action Review - software with full play-back capability from any viewpoint, including recording of voice communications.
3. ‘RE-liON Builder’ - development software for terrain and scenarios.

The BLACKSUIT Mk1 system allows groups of Infantry and Special Operations Forces to train and prepare for missions using virtual reality (VR).

From its start to the present level, the development of the BLACKSUIT simulation training tool took 11 years. During this period, the skilled RE-liON engineers designed and built a versatile tool allowing operators to navigate virtual environments in a real-life, train-as-you-fight way. The tool also allows for the creation of any environment the specialists may have to acquaint themselves with during the mission preparation phase. For creating these ‘areas of operation’ Builder software is used. This software is also being sold as separate software, supporting third party manufactured simulators.